Peter Zelinski from Modern Machine Shop magazine stopped by Hurco last week to check out the N95 mask project we started due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hurco customer, Innovative 3D Manufacturing, based out of Franklin, IN, specializes in metal additive manufacturing mostly with 3D metal printers for the aerospace, defense, and medical industries. Johnson Memorial Hospital uses Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPR) to help their health care workers remain protected from COVID-19. These units use small connectors that are not easily replaceable with today's current supply chain.
At Hurco we know that not every machine shop has all the equipment that they really need to get by on a day to day basis. Some shops have rows upon rows of machines, while smaller shops may have one CNC mill, one CNC lathe and a couple bridgeports sitting in the corner. So we wanted to make life a little easier for our customers and machinists in genera.
Hurco continues to partner with companies like BMO Automation because we know that today's modern machine shop needs turn-key solutions to help fight the skills gap. Many of the protocols, technologies, industry standards, etc... that comprise modern manufacturing technology were quickly adopted and developed in Europe because they simply don’t have enough people to fill manufacturing positions. The same skills gap that prompted Europe to quickly develop and adopt these automation technologies is starting to appear in machine shops in the United States as well.