The subtractive manufacturing process of CNC automation uses computerized controls and machine tools to remove layers from workpieces to make parts from a wide range of materials. CNC automation is being used more and more in the modern manufacturing industry because it provides an efficient and precise production capacity for creating large volumes of products. Here is a more detailed look at the many benefits of using CNC machines in modern manufacturing processes.
CNC machines, like those available from Revelation Machinery, are incredibly precise. That makes them very efficient. In turn, modern manufacturers are able to reduce waste and cut the costs of production significantly.
One of the greatest benefits of CNC machines is their ability to combine multiple manufacturing steps from one single computer. The amount of time it takes to finish a product is massively reduced. Combined with the efficiency of CNC machines, the speed also enables modern manufacturing companies to have a much higher turnover rate.
The digital-template and autonomous machining of the CNC process practically eliminates human error. Indeed, CNC machines achieve accuracy within 1/1000th.
The computer programs of CNC machines use G-code software that enables them to update when required automatically. With such low maintenance, you can save a lot of time and money.
With a CNC machine, you can be certain that the same product is made in precisely the same way, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All of the products will be identical, and no errors will occur after the prototype stage. Apart from requiring occasional downtime for maintenance, CNC machines provide quality consistency to a much higher degree than was once possible in the manufacturing industry.
After a design has been loaded into a CNC machine’s software and a successful prototype has been created, the program can easily retrieve the design to make the item again, whenever you need it. Regardless of external factors like operator changes, the master file ensures the machining process is exactly the same every time.
With CNC machines, manufacturers can create products that have much more detailed and precise designs than they would be able to make with manual devices. That is because the machines can follow computer program instructions to the minutest of details.
Once upon a time, manufacturing automation required skilled operators. But in comparison, CNC machines require a relatively low level of skill to operate. Indeed, in typical circumstances, a single operator can oversee multiple CNC machines at the same time. That is the opposite of manual manufacturing, where one machine needs at least one skilled operator. Therefore, CNC machining provides not only a much simpler manufacturing process. It also leads to lower labour costs. So, you can save on manpower and pass on those savings to your clients to help give you a competitive advantage.
There is still a place for manual manufacturing in the world, but one problem that comes with it is the periodic stress of being short-staffed or having operators who do not perform to your expectations. Such things delay the manufacturing process. But CNC machines instantly alleviate such stressful situations.
With an expedient production process and the consistent production of pieces comes a safer workplace environment. Operators do not need to touch the materials being used, so there is very little risk of accidents occurring, unlike operators who use conventional manual lathes, drills, punches, and other tools. Because CNC machine users do not come into direct contact with the machinery, CNC machinery is ideal for performing manufacturing tasks that involve toxic materials or extreme temperatures.