No matter what kind of product you bring to market, machines are the most important equipment in any industry, from mechanical engineering to the food industry. The profitability and competitive qualities, output volumes, and even the potential of your business directly depend on the machines installed (and the qualifications of the personnel).
There are many different machine tools available, including lathes and milling equipment. However, all of them can be divided into two large groups – equipment with manual or semi-automatic control and CNC machines. CNC machines are considered a more modern solution, as they are superior to technically outdated analogs in several criteria.
Common features of CNC machines
This equipment is equipped with control units that automate the production process of parts or workpieces. In other words, such machines are programmed by the operator and then work without the need for permanent human control (if the equipment works correctly).
There are many types of CNC machines, from small units for use in small-scale production or even a garage to large-scale production stations installed in large factories.
Like traditional machines, CNC machines, or as the French call them fraiseuse numérique, process almost any material – wood, metal, ceramics, polymers, plastic, and even glass.
Advantages of CNC machines
- Increased production speed. This parameter affects the volume of production. Since the “electronic brain” that controls the cutter or other tool is responsible for the process of producing parts, the speed of work increases significantly. The machines can operate non-stop 24 hours a day.
- The ability to produce thousands of parts using one algorithm. The operator loads the data into the machine control unit, and the equipment begins to produce the required number of parts with a minimum error.
- High-precision processing of almost any material. Automated equipment is capable of producing complex-shaped parts with increased accuracy and minimal manufacturing defects.
- Reduced costs for personnel and components. One qualified operator can operate several CNC machines simultaneously, which means that the business owner will spend less on staff salaries. In addition, due to the technical features of the operation of automated machines, the wear of cutters and other tools is reduced (compared to manually operated machines).
- Production safety. Machines with an automated production algorithm increase safety, as the degree of personnel involvement in the production process is reduced. Of course, to do this, the operator must follow safety regulations.
Attention! The list of advantages may vary depending on the machine model and the tasks assigned. You can get detailed information from specialists.
Is it worth installing CNC machines?
Despite a whole list of advantages, CNC machines are not suitable for all industries. Firstly, they are more expensive than classic manual equipment. Secondly, only a qualified specialist who knows how to program the device can operate an automated machine. Thirdly, this equipment is designed for mass production and the production of technically complex parts, so it may not be profitable for small businesses.
We recommend that you consult with equipment supplier consultants to determine which model you should choose in your case.
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