In case you didn’t know CNC is an acronym for Computer Numerical Controlled Machine, and these machines have become one of the most popular metal cutting tools currently used in engineering today.
With the arrival of computers, the requirement for humans in many engineering processes is becoming less and less. This is particularly evident in today’s manufacturing sector, where many elements of production are automated.
Because of the need for more intricate and complex requirements from projects, the CNC Machining centre has become the first choice in many precision engineering projects. Technical advancement and the need for accuracy has risen to levels that cannot be met by human workers alone. Today, production output speeds are fierce and component dimensions have conform to a high degree of accuracy. As any increase in speed is likely to mean inaccuracy in the finished article, it is fair to say that the introduction of CNC has contributed in lowering the error ratio, since it is a computer controlled, automated process.
Think about it? The machine doesn’t get tired, it doesn’t need breaks and the ability to perform thousands of repetitive tasks without fatigue means that fluctuations in efficiency are minimal.
I realise that this may sound like something out of Terminator, but the reduction in human intervention in any production based processes means that investment in these machines will bring huge advances in productivity. And because tools and networks can now be changed very quickly, comprimising speed in a production environment is less likely.
Even though a CNC machine is an expensive investment and like any machine it will require regular maintenance, the return is far more advantageous in comparison to that of manual labour