Are you a CNC services business engaged in the production of CNC parts and components for other businesses and individual clients? Do you want to improve the skill level of your workers in order to draw higher level projects and boost profits? We are going to examine a few industry tips and secrets that CNC parts manufacturers have pointed out as essential to improving the quality of your end product.
Before we get into the nitty gritty, a short introduction. CNC machining involves carrying out tasks like drilling, boring and cutting under the instructions of a computer. With CNC, the machines make a set of instructions and specifications out of computer files and turns a piece of metal into a finished product by refining and cutting based on the instructions. CNC services machine parts on behalf of their clients – following specified design specifications.
All that being said, let’s take a look at some tried and tested tips that industry experts use to improve their own services as well as train other services to employ.
- College courses: Make sure to enroll your employees in courses that help them improve the quality of their skill. Even part-time, online courses these days are equipped with substantial theory as well as practical exercises that allow your workers to upgrade themselves.
- Online resources: Aside from educational courses, there are online resources that are proven to be very useful. Mandate your employees to use this resources to improve themselves. Surely, output will increase alongside a host of other benefits you stand to gain.
- Invest in new equipment: Always be consistent in investing in newer, more efficient technologies- with the emphasis being on “consistent”. Shops may invest heavily in a good year, but cut down with a downturn in business. High performing shops maintain a steady budget for equipment.
- Always be an early adopter. 53% of these shops have Horizontal Machining Centres versus 42% of other shops. Furthermore, more of the high performing shops perform full, 5-axis contouring work.
- Invest in your staff. High performing shops are more likely to have annual performance review and wage increase, leadership development programs, and reimbursement for continuing education.
- Always adjust the process system via trial cutting. Adjust the blade extension according to the material, and then use the same material to be used in your project to perform trial cutting.
- Reduce the wear on the tools by practices such as tool regrinding, using special cutting oil for sufficient lubrication, and choosing the correct lathe tools for machining.
- Reducing the thermal deformation present in the process by improving cutting speed, feed, and machining time and environmental temperature.
Improving output is a systematic process that takes time and resources. Investment is the most important factor for profit assuredness. Always invest in improving your business. Also, maintenance is key. Build up and sustain a maintenance culture in your business. Discourage rush- have your workers concentrate on their output. Lastly, make sure to reward them accordingly. Always remember that work yields results.