How CNC machines can help reduce costs and increase efficiency
One of the frequently asked questions from prospective buyers is what the benefits of CNC solutions are. Below are just a few of the many advantages that CNC solutions offer over traditional cutting solutions.
Since work is automated, traditional skills levels are becoming obsolete and operator knowledge is now a factor of consideration. This can allow you to hire workers at reduced wages or reallocate resources to other functional areas of the business.
Once the machine is properly calibrated and setup, the operator can allow the job to run and return upon a timed completed. Automation can also help improve scheduling. Machining times become less variable and you can better predict when work will be finished. This allows for a smoother, more efficient production.
CNC machines provide for more consistent and accurate work. In fact, most CNC machines today provide an accuracy rate between 0.05 and 0.10mm and repeatability around 0.02mm. This means that many products can be produced with nearly identical specifications. This is especially important if you require the product to be exactly the same every time in large-scale production.
CNC machines use CAD/CAM software that lets you easily switch between tasks by simply by loading a different program. This ability to quickly and easily switch between tasks allows for very short setup times. In addition, CNC machines combine the functionality of many different machines designed for specific purposes, which saves space on the shop floor, and decreases the time workers spend transitioning between work stations.
Although, CNC machines are not without their flaws, they offer many benefits that can help you to reduce costs, increase efficiency, and gain a serious competitive advantage in a crowded market.