About Us

More Than 40 Years

We’ve been doing this for more than 40 years and have over 14,000 machines installed globally. And what all those customers will tell you is that if you choose Milltronics you will get a better built machine with more standard features for a great price.

Milltronics USA is located in Waconia, Minnesota and is a member of the Hurco Companies Machine Tool Group. We are a publicly traded company (HURC) listed on the NASDAQ exchange in the United States of America.



History of Milltronics, USA

1973

Founded in Richfield, Minnesota

Founded in Richfield, Minnesota by Gary Welch, an electrical engineer from Control Data Corporation as Industrial Information Controls (IIC), a manufacturer of microprocessor-based controls for machine tools

1977

Tree Machine Tool

Tree Machine Tool

Tree Machine Tool of Racine, Wisconsin becomes largest control customer

1980

Four Partners Join

Four partners join Gary Welch to expand the business, including Tim Rashleger, the former National Sales Manager of Tree Machine Tool

1980

Spartan Control

Spartan Control

Spartan control developed, offered as an OEM CNC to machine tool builders

1983

Milltronics Manufacturing

Milltronics Manufacturing becomes machine tool brand name, first product is called Partner II.

1984

1st Centurion Control

1st Centurion Control

• 1st Centurion control (called Centurion 3) introduced with LED display, magnetic tape storage and RS-232 communications. • Company moves to facility in Eden Prairie, Minnesota

1985

Centurion 4 Debuts

Centurion 4 Debuts

Centurion 4 debuts as multiple circuit boards are combined into one to increase reliability, help menus added

1987

Software Introduced

Software Introduced

• FastCAM offline software introduced, allowing desktop programming • Digiscan digitizing software introduced, allows customers to easily digitize molds and other parts using a machine tool

1988

Milltronics moves to Chanhassen

Milltronics moves to building in Chanhassen, Minnesota

1990

Partner 1 Announced

Partner 1 Announced

Partner 1 announced, first machine completely built by Milltronics

1990

Centurion V Control Debuts

Centurion V Control Debuts

Centurion V control debuts, 1st PC-based control with 286 processor and graphics

1993

MillSlideTM is Patented

MillSlideTM is Patented

MillSlideTM, unique Z-axis travel for knee mills is patented

1994

T -Series Makes Debut

T -Series, first tool room combo lathes with Milltronics control makes debut

1995

BR Series Bridge Machines Developed

BR Series Bridge Machines Developed

BR Series bridge machines developed, offering customers economical large travel bridge style machines

1996

Milltronics Moves to Waconia

Milltronics Moves to Waconia

• Milltronics moves to new building in Waconia, Minnesota • VM Series of vertical machining centers launched • First generation MB Series quill head tool room mills are introduced • First generation ML Series combo lathes introduced

1998

First generation RH Series Introduced

First generation RH Series rigid head tool room mills are introduced

2000

Tim Rashleger Becomes Owner

Tim Rashleger buys out other partners and becomes sole owner

2001

First SL Series Introduced (SL6)

First SL Series Introduced (SL6)

First SL Series slant bed CNC lathe introduced (SL6)

2002

Centurion 7 Control Offered

Centurion 7 Control Offered

Centurion 7 control offered, first use of fiber optic cable and flat panel LCD monitor

2004

Thermal Compensation Available

Thermal compensation available on VM Series machines

2006

Inline Spindle Offered & 7200 Series Control Launched

• Inline spindle (IL machines) are offered for the first time • 7200 Series control launched, first “active high” interface logic

2007

#50 taper XP Series Machines Debut

• 10,000 machine delivered to Waconia High School • #50 taper XP Series machines debut

2007

Liberty Diversified Industries (LDI) purchases Milltronics from Tim Rashleger

Liberty Diversified Industries (LDI) purchases Milltronics from Tim Rashleger

2008

8200 Series Control Goes into Production

8200 Series control goes into production, Linux based control with Solid Model Graphics and USB support

2011

Thermal Head Mapping Introduced

Thermal head mapping introduced for VMIL and BRIL machines

2015

Hurco Companies, Inc. Acquires Milltronics

Hurco Companies, Inc. acquires Milltronics from LDI

2016

9000 Series Control Makes Debut

9000 Series Control Makes Debut

9000 Series control makes debut, first Windows® control with touch screen and solid state hard drive

2016

Affordable VM GP Series Announced

Affordable VM GP Series Announced

Affordable VM GP Series announced

2016

Next Generation Performance Inline IL Series Machines

Next Generation Performance Inline IL Series Machines

Next generation performance inline IL Series machines

2017

Upgraded Extra Power (#50 taper) Machines Debut

Upgraded Extra Power (#50 taper) Machines Debut

Upgraded Extra Power (#50 taper) XP Series machines debut

2017

New VK4-II CNC Launched

New VK4-II CNC Launched

New VK4-II CNC knee mill with patented MillSlideTM launched

2017

Next generation SL Series Debut

Next generation SL Series Debut

Next generation SL Series CNC slant bed lathes debut with SL8