Quality stems from design, processes and culture. It can't be "tested in" to a product or process. The quality assurance (QA) team leads the charge to ensure design, manufacturing process, and culture is capable and the product is reproducible. The new part production approval process (PPAP) requires several steps and lots of effort from the QA team. Running several concurrent new projects compounds this effort and shows the teams true capability.
G-code is the programming language used to control CNC machinery. A program is a sequence of codes and data that tells the machine what to do. The programmed codes, along with the right tooling in a CNC machine center, allow for correct and repeatable part manufacturing. G-code makes CNC machines consistent to program and flexible, able to produce different parts.
Not every CNC machine shop is the same. That may sound like typical “marketing speak,” but it really makes a difference, especially when it comes to taking on new work.
Some shops are content with machining what they know and handling familiar project types and quantities. Their work is solid, and they create a fine, safe business.
Pre-programmed computer software dictates the movements of a milling machine, lathe, robot, or other types of machines. Precision can be incredible — cutting to 0.001” or about 1/4 the width of a human hair — and their repeatability makes CNC machining so efficient.
That complexity may intimidate someone unfamiliar with CNC machine operations, but it shouldn’t. Expert CNC machine training can quickly get a new operator up to speed, producing precise and valuable machined parts and components.
Efficiency is king in production manufacturing. CNC machines are a major tool for automating production of mechanical parts to increase throughput with consistent quality. CNC machine centers play a critical role in machine shop’s efficiency.
Involved in the CNC machining market? Take a quick look at our CNC machining industry outlook for 2020.
Different types of CNC machines, and their various processes, handle different custom machining projects. That’s not exactly breaking news. Yet, what may be unclear is what major factors impact the cost of machined parts?
While this article provides some answers, it also explores what your next step may be when a project requires CNC machining. Specifically, we’ll explain some CNC machining cost tradeoffs.
You’re not asking for much, are you — just reliable parts and products that ultimately make customers happy. Simple!
What’s not so simple is finding the right CNC machine shop. The perfect partner that understands your needs, has the right capabilities and proper certifications, goes the extra mile when you need it most, and keeps its pencils sharp so prices remain consistently competitive.
Let’s explore what an ideal CNC machine manufacturing company looks (and acts) like. The easiest way is to explore the six most important questions you should be asking when evaluating a potential partner. Ready?
The metalworking industry needs more qualified CNC operators. This rewarding career requires a broad skill set —math, mechanical design, interpreting technical drawings and programs, eye for detail — to properly transform a metal casting into a valuable working machined part. It’s a unique fusion of digital and physical, brains and hands-on work. Before taking a look at a typical fast-paced day, let’s explore what a CNC machine actually is.
Today’s world demands the accuracy of CNC machine tools and experienced operators. Of course, machine shops vary in their skill levels and abilities to take on complex parts. So, here are 3 quick signs that a shop lives and breathes complex parts: