When it comes to high volume manufacturing, nothing outperforms CNC machining. No matter how skilled the craftsman, some jobs are simply done better by computers. And producing high volume precision turned parts is one of them. We are going to explain why in this article by reviewing the benefits of CNC machining vs manual machining.
What is CNC?
CNC stands for computer numerical control. It is a computer system that automates and controls machine movements and actions. CNC machines essentially automate what manual machinists do, or at least most of what they do. Since it is computer-controlled, a CNC machine is capable of producing complex parts with unparalleled precision.
CNC Machining vs Manual Machining
Manual machining may suffice for low volume, one-time part production but there are many benefits of CNC machining, from speed to versatility. Though this is not a comprehensive list, here are the top 5 benefits of CNC machining vs manual machining.
1. High Volume Manufacturing
Since CNC machining is an automated process, it excels at high volume production. Once the initial setup is complete, the machines can run 24/7 with minimal oversight. Furthermore, one skilled machinist can operate several machines at a time.
2. Improved Precision
Though the skill involved with manual machining is very impressive, it can’t compare to the precision of CNC machining. Electronic and aerospace machining require optimal precision; lives even depend on it. If these parts’ dimensions are off by a hair, communications may fail or, worse, malfunctions may occur in flight. CNC machining can produce these very small parts as well as larger parts with a degree of precision that manual machining can’t easily achieve.
3. Uniform High Volume Parts
When it comes to high volume manufacturing, consistency is key. And as we mentioned, a CNC machine is very precise. You can expect the same precision with part after part, and batch after batch. Whereas, with manual machining, you can expect slight variations.
4. Efficient Production
CNC machines operate in up to 5 axes. This means one machine can handle multiple stages of manufacturing, if not all the stages required to produce a part. The cutting tools work independently and often simultaneously. Many machines are also capable of flipping or turning the part, further reducing production time.
Not only are there many types of CNC machines, but each type can produce a wide range of products. CNC machining services include milling, turning, drilling, and more. These machines can produce everything from high volume precision turned parts to tiny electronic components to large industrial parts.
CNC Machining Services
Avanti Engineering specializes in multiple spindle screw machine products and machined parts. We have the latest CNC machining, turning, and milling machines, the newest multi-axis automatics, and advanced Swiss CNC Machines. We can also perform secondary operations in-house, such as grinding, slotting, and broaching.
As the #1 screw machine products manufacturer in the US, Avanti can handle orders from 1,000 to 20 million pieces. You’re simply not going to find that level of high volume manufacturing with manual machining. Contact Us today to learn what we can do for you.
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