CNC machining has come a long way since John T Parsons introduced it to the world in the 1940s. Whether it’s improved programming technology or material production expansion, CNC machining is always being developed to amplify its uses and capabilities. Here are some of the latest developments in CNC machining services:
Machine Alerts to Your Smartphone
Since CNC machines don’t need to be manually operated to function, they also don’t warrant much supervision. This allows them to be left working away unattended, which is extremely beneficial. One problem with this, however, is that it is not uncommon to leave a machine for a period of time and return to find there has been some sort of issue and that the progress has therefore ceased temporarily. To avoid this problem, Next Generation software has been developed which can connect to your smartphone and update you on the progress of your production and notify you of any issues, eradicating the gamble of leaving your machine unattended. This software also contains G-Code generation capability and a user-friendly interface for users of newer machines.
Machine Monitoring and Connectivity
Not too dissimilar to the previous advancement in terms of systemic monitoring, CNC companies are introducing new levels of command, automation and data collection and analysis to their machines. This part of the “Industry 4.0 initiative” allows companies to monitor and study the performance of the machines and pinpoint areas which could do with improvement and development. The aim of this is to result in an elevated harmony between machine and human and a smoother running of the overall process. Eventually, the goal is that with technological advances such as these, the need for human input will diminish over time, resulting in more time and cost-effective machinery and an improvement in the input vs output ratio.
Simulation, Verification and Optimisation Software
An increasingly popular innovation which helps reduce waste product and machine damage is simulation, verification and optimisation software, which allows a manufacturer to simulate the production of a new product, creating an opportunity to check for any disparities which could cause issues or damage at the time of genuine production. This isn’t a necessary step by any means and could be considered tedious by some in terms of adding on production time but it all depends on your personal values in terms of time vs accuracy and how much you value waste minimisation.
As well as the progression of the computerised technology, there have also been improvements made in terms of tool development. New tools with increased speed, strength and precision have been developed to meet production demands. Tools are now available which can penetrate harder materials whilst maintaining integrity and precision and more industry-specific tools are also in development and are becoming more specialised.