CNC Machining is short for Computer Numerical Control Machining.
This is relatively new process in the industry of machining that has grown exponentially since its creation and implementation a few short years ago. It allows for increased efficiency through greater levels of automation and process control by allowing the machine and its computer controls to do all the work. CNC machines may be complicated and expensive, but they quickly pay for themselves by allowing greater process control and limiting errors. This allows more efficient use of time and labor and reduces the overall workload.
When considering using a CNC Machining company, there are three factors to consider:
One of the biggest advantages of CNC machining is the use of automation. This eliminates the need for an operator in all but a few select stages of the process. CNC machines can be left unattended for hours and even days if properly programmed, allowing operators to tackle other tasks. This allows faster turnaround time on orders and enables the company to hire and retain fewer operators thereby saving on overhead. These savings can then be passed on to the consumer. This feature also improves safety as in the event of malfunction, the operator will not be holding the tool, so the only thing jammed or damaged will be the tool itself.
CNC machines are stronger, faster and require far fewer rest periods than human workers and the company does not have to worry about overtime or errors caused by fatigue. This again allows savings to be passed on to the consumer.
An additional advantage of CNC machining is that it produces the exact same result every single time. Any human operator, regardless of skill, is bound to have minor variations between finished results, but a CNC machine will produce the same result every single time it is used. This is of upmost importance as we enter a world where more and more parts are designed to be standardized and interchangeable and a defective piece can make the whole machine unusable or result in the need for greater repairs.
All that is needed for the effective operation of a CNC machine is for a single program to be placed into the machine. Once that is done, the machine can perform its designated function, regardless of the number of pieces needed. The result is an exact replica down to the thousandth of an inch every single time.
The third advantage of CNC machining is flexibility. A CNC machine can be completely reprogrammed for a new task in a matter of hours in order to build an entirely different product. This makes it possible to refer back to old programs or install new programs with every new piece of work that is needed. This enables a machine to quickly grow in its ability to complete a wide variety of work quickly and efficiently.