Small businesses are increasingly embracing CNC machining because it allows them to easily produce complex parts with precision. This, in addition to the fact that the use of computerized machines in the production process gives them incredible versatility, makes it a go-to method of machining in the manufacturing world today.
However, the initial investment that is required to purchase and install CNC machines is sometimes enough to make some business owners to shy away from implementing CNC machining processes. As it turns out, there is no need to really worry about this initial cost mainly because implementing this mode of manufacturing comes with cost benefits that usually accelerate the rate at which a business recoups the initial capital outlay. In fact, it is these cost benefits that allow companies like Maskinfabrik to produce complex parts at incredibly affordable rates. Here is what you should know about the most common cost benefits of opting for CNC machining.
Low defective product rates and wastage levels
This method of manufacturing usually takes advantage of computerized systems to guarantee high standards of precision and accuracy. As a result, implementing this form of manufacturing usually leads to fewer mistakes and errors. This includes cutting errors, something that usually translates to less wastage of raw materials. This increased precision also leads to fewer product defects. And since defective products are usually written off as losses, having a system that minimizes defects tends to translate to lower operational costs.
No need for skilled labor
In order to manually manufacture complex parts, a company needs to hire highly skilled employees. These employees tend to command relatively higher salaries and benefits. For a growing business, meeting these demands can prove to be too much for the financial health of the company.
Once they have been properly installed and programmed, CNC machines do not require expert labor. This is so mainly because they can execute most of their tasks automatically without the need for a skilled operator to actively run or monitor the system. Also, existing employees do not need to undergo any type of extensive training in order to adequately run or interact with CNC machines.
Therefore, deploying CNC machines in your factory is a good way to reduce labor costs. And given that operating such a system requires little to no skill, doing so will also end up cutting training costs. Both of these things will go a long way towards not only reducing your dependance on the labor market, but also cutting on your overall operational costs.
Simplified quality control process
When you use manual labor to craft individual pieces, you are bound to end up with end products that vary immensely. These varied characteristics can make it harder to come up with reliable quality control parameters. Furthermore, since human beings are prone to making mistakes, you are more likely to need an exhaustive quality control process so as to single out every possible error that is humanly possible.
Reliance on advanced computerized systems ensure that CNC machines are consistent. It also guarantees both precision and accuracy. This not only minimizes incidences of errors or defects, but it also makes it easier for you to detect these errors. Essentially, by relying on automation, you will have an easier time to define quality control parameters, something that will make for a simplified and predictable quality control process.
Since with CNC machining, the output is reliably predictable, you will spend less time and require fewer quality control processes. As a result, you will end up spending less money on installing and implementing these systems, something that will be good for your bottomline.
Cost benefits of margins of scale
You can run CNC machines continuously without taking any breaks. These machines can also work faster than human beings. As a result, increasing production when you have these machines is easier. And since they can easily handle larger volumes, these machines tend to afford small businesses the benefits of margins of scale. This includes lower per-unit product costs.