Precision machining, particularly CNC (computer numerical control) machining, is vitally important in today’s economy, specifically for industries needing parts with unparalleled accuracy and complexity.
Most modern manufacturers are dealing with a new norm: fewer skilled humans to handle rising production demands. The only way to succeed is by automating production processes to save time, achieve desired results, and reduce errors.
What do you need from CNC tooling?
- Precision (of course) — The ultimate measuring stick of every CNC machining project, precision requires more than just the right capabilities
- Reliable rigidity — A tool must maintain its shape, remain stable, and resist flexing or vibrating during cutting operations
- Solid durability — Getting long lifetime value out of a tool is a cost-control measure that affects the bottom line, making durability an important Key Performance Indicator
- Easy installation/adjustment — Being able to easily change out and adjust tooling isn’t just efficient, it makes life better for the CNC operator
While new technological innovations are introduced every year, major changes in CNC machining are not common. If you keep your eyes open, though, you’ll see shifts that can turn into trends in CNC machining.
Modern CNC machine shops have a choice to make. They can approach sales as just another part of doing business, or they can do more to stand out.
Design changes. They are an inevitable part of manufacturing, yet they can aggravate even the most experienced parts manufacturer.
Design changes are notorious for adding time, headaches, and unplanned dollars to a project. They’ve also been known to sabotage solid business relationships. But, with the right approach, you can implement manufacturing design changes smoothly and cost-effectively.
What is nightmare fuel for machine shop production managers? Machine downtime.
According toFlexJobs’ 2023 Spring Work Insights Survey, 58% of employed workers said they’re actively trying to make a career change. That's a huge number!
Why a career change for these jobseekers? Well, #2 on a long list was “higher pay” at 48% (slightly ahead was “remote work options” at 50%).
So, changing careers isn’t all about money; it’s also about work flexibility, work/life balance, job satisfaction, workplace leadership, a new life philosophy, or working in a field that benefits the world.
You’re not asking for much. Reliable CNC machined parts and products that make customers happy. Simple, right?