Control choice for XYZ heavy-duty vertical machining centres
Published: 31 July 2019 - Sarah Mead
XYZ Machine Tools’ is now offering the latest Heidenhain TNC 620 control as a standard option across machines in its heavy-duty range of vertical machining centres. Customers ordering the XYZ 660 HD, XYZ 800 HD and XYZ 1100 HD VMCs can now choose between the Siemens or Heidenhain control as standard.
“We have provided a Heidenhain control option for many years, but due in part to the complexity and cost found it to be a slow seller across the range. The arrival of the brand new TNC 620, with its touchscreen user interface and latest machine control technology the time is right to offer it as a standard fit on machines within our heavy-duty range,” says Nigel Atherton, Managing Director, XYZ Machine Tools.
The Heidenhain TNC 620 is a successor to the iTNC530 control, which is being phased out by Heidenhain after 18 years of sales. The TNC 620 is a radically different control system with a brand new architecture designed around the latest machine tool features. The addition of this control as a standard fit will help to future proof XYZ Machine Tools’ heavy-duty range of machines and deliver the performance that customers, particularly in the aerospace, mould and die, toolmaking and education sectors demand.
“Thanks to our independence as a machine tool supplier we are free to adapt our machine range quickly to ensure that we feature the latest in control technology to meet the needs of our customers. The introduction of the Heidenhain TNC 620, puts the XYZ Heavy-duty range ahead of the competition giving customers the right machine for their business.”
With some machines fitted with earlier Heidenhain control systems reaching the end of their lifespans, the timing of the arrival of the Heidenhain TNC 620 for XYZ Machine Tools provides a perfect opportunity to open up new opportunities among those companies that are existing Heidenhain users. “We recognise that control choice is important to customers, and that they tend to be loyal to a particular control due to their expertise and familiarity with it. Therefore, extending our use of Heidenhain controls to our HD series of machines, we already offer Heidenhain on our flagship UMC-5X machine, is a logical step and with prices starting at just under £60,000 for the XYZ 660 HD with the Heidenhain TNC 620 control fitted, we are confident that this will be attractive to both new and potential customers.”