- Jan 24, 2013
- Louisville, KY
I did look at the genoa line a few months ago but after owning Hurco's and and a Mazak, the Okuma conversational didn't sell me. I don't dought that they are nice machines. The Hurco just felt right to me and I really like the fact it has the same control as the mills. Going forward with my business it just makes sense to standardize the controls.
I think there is A LOT to be said for standardizing, so if you're happy with your controls, I think your making a wise decision. Please don't take this next part as me picking on you, this is more for others reading...
I'm still kind of curious if people really use conversational programming for turning centers. I know Mazatrol is popular, but I don't hear much about other conversational controls for lathes.
When deing with 2-axis lathes especially, I fail to see the use for conversational programming. Once you know the format of your g-code program, you can use canned cycles for 99% of all your functions, and you simply "fill in the blanks" to define your tool path, much the same as you would on a conversational control. The benefit is that once you gain even a basic level of understanding, you have total control over the machine. When you add in the possibilities of variables, even for very simple uses, it makes it even easier to program.
And I will brag on Okuma for a bit as well. Not only do they make a great machine, but their control becomes so intuitive after just a few days of use. Things like pictorial work offset screens, a text-based editor that is much better than any "background edit" I've ever seen, and an incredibly useful on-machine alarm manual that is only a button away, helps track down and solve program errors easily. You can see where the control stopped in the program, press a button to read the alarm description and suggested fixes , then quick-edit the program in a window that opens to the same spot where the control stopped, so that you can quickly resolve the issue and get back to running.
There's plenty more I could get into as well. My point though, for anyone else looking, is that putting that control onto a box-way machine, with absolute encoders, live tools, hand-scraped headstock, servo-driven turret, and powerful spindle motor, for $100k... - like someone else said above, does anyone offer a similar machine for anywhere close in price?