3 Ways CNC Lathes Help Reduce Production Waste

February 14, 2017

Computer Numerical Control has revolutionized the machining process in ways that benefit both the producer and the consumer. One area where this is most evident in in the production process. Here are three of the factors that make it possible for CNC machine manufacturers to reduce the amount of production waste.

The Wonders of Precision Machining

It's true that machine parts produced using older methods are functional and generally of acceptable quality, but there is more of a potential for waste in the production process. That's because those older approaches are not as precise in terms of cutting and forming the materials used in the creation of the machine parts. The great thing about precision machined products is there is no guesswork in terms of dimensions, cuts, and other key elements.

Once the specifics are programmed into the system, the computer driving the machining process provides more uniform results. That means there is little to no raw materials left over after each component is produced. As a result, the manufacturer is able to produce each unit at a lower cost and make better use of the raw materials purchased for the production process.

Less Chips Produced During Turning

Turning is a process that is often used in the creation of products using multi spindle machines. Any material that flies off turning the turning process is known as chips. With the use of CNC machinery, the creation of chips is less likely to happen. Thanks to the more efficient use of the raw materials, it's possible to create more units from every lot of materials purchased. This also reduces cost and allows the manufacturer to minimize waste and be more competitive in the marketplace.

Laying Out the Pieces

Whether the process involves turning, milling, or machining, the use of CNC makes it possible to lay out the process and manage the cuts so there is a minimum of waste. For example, if the plan is to use metal sheets in the production process, the nature of CNC makes it possible to come up with a layout that allows the cutting of more units. In the best-case scenario, the amount of sheeting left will be under 1%.

Imagine what this can do for a company producing parts for certain types of custom machinery. It's possible to create components using fewer materials and still not compromise the quality. Since the final production cost for each unit is a little lower, the company can offer the goods at more competitive prices and possibly earn a higher market share.

There is no doubt that Computer Numerical Control for machining and other methods for parts production is here to stay. Before assuming that it has little to offer in the way of benefits to manufacturers or their clients, take the time to find out more about all the advantages this approach brings to the table. Once all the benefits are clear, the idea of using any other method will be out of the question.

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