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Identifying Your Shop's Biggest Challenges
Delivering top-quality parts to your customer is an absolute necessity for machine shops. However, various challenges undermine time-to-delivery efforts. When shops are in the midst of facing challenges among models preparations, toolpaths, and unreliable verification G-codes, valuable time and money is put at risk.
Fortunately, advancements in manufacturing technology offer solutions to the challenges engineers are facing.
In this complimentary e-book, learn the ins and outs of modern-day digital machine shops that pinpoint challenges and identify solutions to make machining processes more efficient.
2017 study by NC Machining: 215 respondents identified the top goals for machine shops.
What is the Biggest Challenge in Delivering Products On Time?
Out of five different categories, time-to-delivery was identified as the most important need for change in machine shops, surpassing the second top choice by a whopping 24%.
Time-to-delivery is ultimately a huge financial measure that machine shops can easily obtain. In turn, the more quickly the company can deliver parts, the sooner they can send invoices, deliver orders, and generate revenue all while maintaining bottom line costs.
In a 2017 study by NC Machining, model-related challenges were surveyed. The top 3 challenges were highlighted.
What is the Biggest Time Waster for Your Company?
A few other factors that cause a struggle to reduce time-to-delivery includes imported models with geometry issues, model design changes, and the need for model modifications. These factors not only cause machine model problems, but they also cause data loss between teams and software programs.
Without integrated CAD and CAM programs, machine shops are stressed with starting the process from the very beginning, making changes along the way, and re-preparing it for machining.
In a 2017 study by NC Machining, toolpath challenges were surveyed. The top 3 challenges were highlighted.
What Are the Biggest Toolpath Challenges?
Creating toolpaths is a complex task and typically involve careful crafting to be effective.
Most respondents from this study found that they were tasked with unplanned polishing and extra modifications due to their chosen CAM software being unreliable.
With so many toolpath issues causing problems for machine shops, they are forced to redo the parts in order to meet market standards.
In a 2017 study by NC Machining, verification challenges were surveyed. The top 2 challenges were highlighted.
What Are the Verification-Related Challenges?
A large issue companies face involves G-code verification. Many shops work on verifying their G-code virtually as a simulation, which eliminates the risk of breaking products and equipment. For some companies, this can be problematic.
When virtual verification using CAM applications cannot reliably catch such issues, the company must manually review the G-code that includes the instructions for the CNC machine which is a painstaking task.
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