Have conventional machines in your CNC shop? Have you wondered what it might be like to replace them with CNC machines?
Do you find yourself daydreaming about faster production speeds and higher revenues?
What’s been holding you back from making the change? See if some of these advantages of CNC machining don’t finally convince you to take action:
Make no mistake about it…CNC machining isn’t like flipping burgers. You can’t take any old person and get amazing production quality out of them.
But CNC machining requires much less experience with the machinery than conventional machining. Experience is of great benefit in CNC, but it’s not absolutely required.
If you’re creating custom-made parts for unique applications, CNC may not be the best choice. But, if you need to create a high number of parts for a few applications, CNC will skyrocket your revenues.
Conventional machinery needs so much help from the operator, which is fine when you need to create a unique piece. But when you need to make dozens of the same piece, CNC makes more sense.
If you’re contracted by yourself to do a custom job, where does most of the cost for your customer come from? Labor. They’re fine with that because they want a custom piece made just for them.
However, if you have hundreds or thousands of the same piece to make, your customers won’t want to see high labor costs. They’ll expect you to use machinery to automate the job. And that’s where CNC machines can boost your revenues.
More experienced machinists were taught to be mathematical and analytical. That’s fine and works well for conventional machining where you have to think out exactly how to make the piece.
However, CNC machinery is controlled by software. And modern workers are taught to deal with technology and software.
You may have a difficult time finding modern workers who know how to think their way through production using conventional machinery.
Did you know CNC software allows you to simulate your idea before actually making the cut? That saves you the time and money of creating a prototype – possibly even weeks and months!
Only you know whether conventional or CNC machining makes more sense for your needs. And now you have an idea of the benefits CNC machining offers your business so you can make the best decision for your needs.