CNC machining is a popular type of tool used in many industries, including manufacturing. It is very effective at speeding up the manufacturing process because it is a highly automated machine. Alternative tools like the manual shaping machines, center lathes and vertical millers are entirely operated by the trained engineer, but this human input is mostly removed when CNC machining is used.
Let’s take a look at a few of the most beneficial reasons to use this manufacturing concept:
High production quality
The use of CNC machining requires a lot less skill and experience to operate compared to most of the conventional tools. Also, with limited human input, there is less risk of mistakes taking place which is certain to help increase the all-round production quality.
CNC machining is a very appealing option when looking to produce a high volume of parts. Once the tool is programmed with precise data, such as the volume and dimensions, it is extremely efficient at replicating thousands of parts one after the other. They are much more efficient than the conventional tools, which are a more practical option for creating the single custom order piece.
The process of operating the CNC machinery is a lot more straightforward than the conventional alternatives. Most tools that need a lot of human input require an operator that is highly skilled and experienced. In a high production factory, this is certain to have a major impact on production costs. However, the highly automated nature of the CNC machinery means there is less need to employ a full workforce. It is more a case of making sure there are enough operators to oversee and input the necessary data.
The software installed in this machinery makes it possible to create pieces with very complex designs that would be difficult to achieve by hand. Also, the software can be updated at a later date to increase the tools functionality. This is certain to help minimize the need to invest in new hardware because the software can be changed or updated when working on different projects.
The CNC machinery gives the option to simulate a design idea without needing to physically cut it out. The ability to avoid making a prototype is certain to help save time and money. If the prototype has a complex design, this has the potential to literally save months of time that could be put to better use.
A company has a great product in mind and has probably designed a prototype. However, if producing it in bulk is too complicated and costly, it is probably about time to work with a manufacturer.
It can be a daunting task to choose the right manufacturer. Most of the manufacturers will probably turn down a company whose production requirements are not big enough to bother with. On the other hand, others may not provide the quality that a company needs. The following are tips on how to choose the best manufacturer to work with.
Search for manufacturers that is ideal for the company.
As a start, the company should decide on whether they want to work with a US-based manufacturer or outsource the job overseas like in China or other countries. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. In general, products made in the US have better quality, making them sell better to discerning customers, while products made overseas cost cheaper when it comes to labor and parts, though shipping fees can add up. The target audience should also be considered in determining whether quality or price is given more priority. Once a decision has been made, the company can go over the website of the manufacturer to know more about their criteria and qualifications. When it comes to overseas manufacturers, a company can visit an international sourcing site. They can check the references and images of products made by the manufacturer. This way, they can determine if the quality of the supplier meets their standards.
If a company wants a manufacturer to take them seriously, they should do extensive research prior to meeting with them. It would be best to create their own prototype or hire someone to do it, but if it is quite complicated, they could ask the help of a product engineer, and ask whether the product can be mass-produced before making the prototype. They should have an estimated budget plus a business plan, which includes the product goals and manufacturing requirements. They should keep in mind that the company is not just deciding on a manufacturer, but the latter is also deciding on the company. When the manufacturer thinks that the company’s idea is not feasible, there will be no meeting in the first place.
Inspect the facility
Prior to making a commitment or signing a contract with the manufacturer, the company should inspect their facility to check out their factory and showroom. This way, they can have an idea of the supplier’s capabilities, plus how well they understand the company’s product and needs. Before making a final decision, the company should visit a number of manufacturers. Since the quality of the product will ultimately depend on the chosen manufacturer, the company will want to make sure that this supplier can be trusted.