5 Ways to Increase CNC Machining Productivity!

Computer numerical control or CNC machining is a valuable process for many manufacturing industries. It can help produce products with higher quality and consistency while providing more opportunities to save labor costs.

If you’re looking for ways to increase CNC machining productivity, here are five valuable tips:

1. Development of a realistic workload schedule

One way to increase CNC machining productivity is to develop a realistic workload schedule. Specific projects require special processing. When creating a work schedule, you need to decide how many employees or employees you will have and then set their working hours and salaries while also choosing the appropriate machine to invest in.

This helps you stay on top of things so that the time invested in CNC machining results in perfectly manufactured products that are ready for delivery.

2. Know your power needs before installing a CNC machine

In some cases, the power requirements of a CNC machine are greater than the standard 3-phase 240V that most outlets are rated for. If your CNC machine requires around 3600 amps of power to operate and you only have a 20 amp outlet, this will cause problems with the power supply as it attempts to deliver the required amperage. Make sure you know what kind of performance your machine needs by researching manufacturer specs. It is important to consider the requirements before installing any machines at your site or company.

Ideally, if possible, you want to ensure that your area has an electrical grid that can handle high demand. If not, you should explore the possibility of upgrading your power system to a higher capacity system.

3. Recruitment of qualified and well-trained machine operators

Hiring the right team is an essential part of increasing production capacity. Of course you want to hire someone who knows how to operate CNC machine tools and follows standard operating procedures. But you also want to make sure that everyone involved is attentive, fast, accurate, and without outside interference or help. Also, they need to have a good attitude at work and follow instructions and adjust as needed so that problems don’t arise later.

4. Use of excellent CAD/CAM software

There are many software options available, but not all are created identically. A good CNC machining CAD/CAM package can help you ensure your parts are made to the correct dimensions and can be easily manufactured accurately and repeatably.

Consulting with industry experts or reading online reviews about the different types of software for these purposes is a good place to start in deciding which to choose.

5. Using updated and well maintained machines

The last way to increase your productivity is to use updated and well-maintained machines. This means you need to schedule regular maintenance checks on the machines to keep them in good working order at all times. It also means you want to make sure only qualified people are checking these machines. This helps reduce the likelihood of costly problems caused by a machine not being properly maintained.

More productive CNC machining

Reducing CNC machining costs is one thing, but figuring out how to make precision products more efficiently is more important, both economically and ethically. These five approaches can help organizations improve performance, reduce waste, and improve workforce morale.

CNC machining article and permission to publish here provided by Bailey Hudson. Originally written for Supply Chain Game Changer and published on July 27th, 2021.

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