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Sanjib Chakraborty, Country Head, Hurco India

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Dec 28, 2017

Sanjib Chakraborty, Country Head, Hurco India, in this interview with Suchi Adhikari, discusses the latest trends in manufacturing technologies and his company’s future plans in India. Excerpts…

What are the latest trends in manufacturing technology? What are the recent developments from your company that align with these trends?

Industry 4.0 is the latest trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies. The four design principles of Industry 4.0 are interoperability, information transparency, technical assistance and decentralised decisions. Smart factory is a product of Industry 4.0.

Hurco machines are designed with the same concept. The interoperability is the core feature of Hurco controller, which means that machines, devices, sensors and people can connect and communicate with each other via the internet. The various features of this controller can help customers to make ‘smart factory’ a reality.

What are the key market segments in India that nare driving investments in CNC machine tools in the recent years?

The market segment has expanded exponentially in the last 10 years in India. New segments like aerospace, medical, mining, space equipment, defence production, etc are opening up. Also, India has become one of the major automotive export hubs. As per the Automotive Mission Plan (AMP) 2026, the potential will scale up the exports to the extent of more than 40% over the next ten years. Indian auto components exports are expected to reach US$ 70-80 billion by 2026. All these segments require multi-axes, close tolerances, critical contour accuracies and high speed machining, which are driving investments in CNC machine tools.

Customers today demand for flexible manufacturing systems that will allow them to react to market changes. Can you brief us more on this?

Flexible manufacturing systems (FMS) is a manufacturing technology. It helps the manufacturer to become more agile to be the fastest to the market, to operate with the lowest total cost and to satisfy customers. FMS permits rapid low cost switching from one product line to another, which becomes the common market trend.

What is the USP of Hurco’s CNC control technology? How is this addressing your customers’ challenges?

Hurco was established in 1968 to provide unique, innovative software and CNC controls that help customers to maximise productivity through reduced set-up time and multi-tasking on the shop floor. Thus, at Hurco, we are committed to developing technology that is easy to learn and easy to use.

A common challenge in the machine shop includes reducing the set-up time for which the Hurco WinMax Control is the fastest and simplest programming system with features like conversational, NC, DXF Transfer for 3-axis, 4-axis, 5-axis, 5-sided machining and mill turn application. Reducing the cycle time is another challenge for which the Hurco ulti-motion technology, ulti-pocket technology, etc. optimise the tool path so as to reduce the cycle time drastically.

How do you plan to expand your company’s market presence in the India? What are your company’s future plans for the Indian market?

Hurco has been leading the industry in CNC machine tool technology with 80 patents to its name. To tap the Indian market, we started our Indian operations in 2008. We have technical centres in Coimbatore and Pune and regional offices in Chennai, Delhi and Bangaluru. We are also planning to open new technical centres at Chennai shortly. In India, we started with a product line and it was well received by Indian buyers. Now, we are observing that the market dynamics is changing in India, customers’ applications are changing and they are looking for productivity and reliability. We see demands in applications like multi-axis machining, aerospace, and medical. So, we are ready to launch all our high-end machines in India. We are is committed to invest in India to transfer the latest technological innovation to help our Indian customers to become competitive in the global market..

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