Latest Technology Trends in CNC Machining
Simply put, CNC machining has revolutionized modern day manufacturing and is employed by machine shops in most industries. Nearly every sector relies on CNC machining as a fabrication solution and depends on the high-quality parts created by CNC machines. CNC machining technologies have advanced significantly in recent years and are transforming the way manufacturers operate. When the right technologies are implemented, the result is more reliable and efficient CNC machining.
Below are some of the latest technology trends in CNC machining. Many of these concepts are being actively deployed across many industries, allowing manufacturers to reap the benefits of these technologies now as well as position themselves to remain competitive in the future. It should be noted that simply employing these technologies does not translate to CNC machining expertise. Proven manufacturers, like ABS with over 50 years of experience, combine state-of-the-art CNC equipment with decades of time on tools and machining know-how. ABS also consistently invests in the future with cutting-edge technologies, like 5-axis CNC machinery and the latest software programs.
- Advanced Software: the CAD/CAM software tools that support CNC machining continues to advance. Programs are becoming more powerful, user-friendly, and are more easily programmed to execute complex and intricate jobs. These tools are often able to be used in conjunction with other computer aids such as 3D viewing and modeling applications, improving the design process for CNC machined parts. These enhanced software programs result in higher operations efficiency and precision. Also, in many cases CNC software programs are becoming more cost-effective, allowing for more widespread use across a myriad of industries.
- Further Expansion of IIoT: due to Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT), use of connected equipment in manufacturing is becoming the norm. Networked CNC machines are the future of manufacturing, and the IIoT even enables CNC machines to communicate with one another, further reducing the requirements for human involvement and improving product quality. Manufacturers are now using sensors and real-time data collection to develop predictive maintenance programs to improve responsiveness and achieve fewer unplanned outages – the results are safer operations, lower costs and higher customer satisfaction. The IIoT is expected to continue to expand its reach and impact other areas of the business such as how manufacturers manage inventory and equipment lifespans.
- Cobot Usage Grows: the use of robots in manufacturing is certainly not new but robotic technologies continue to advance and the possible applications for Industry 4.0 robots continues to rapidly expand. One area that is gaining traction in CNC machine shops is cobots – collaborative robots that work side-by-side humans. Cobots come with padded joints and other safety features that make them safer when working in a shared space with human operators. Today’s cobots are able to “see” parts and can pick and place them as directed. Additionally, cobots are easily programed, making this form of automation a good option for machine shops that need to be nimble in their workflows.
- Increased Reshoring: with the digitalization of manufacturing and increased automation, workforces are becoming less reliant on humans and fewer personnel are required. Reshoring is the concept of bringing machining back to North America. There are many factors that influence the trend in reshoring, but digitalized manufacturing, such as IIoT, is certainly playing a part. While reshoring is not a CNC technology trend itself, the technology trends above enable and facilitate further reshoring. Click here to learn more about the benefits of reshoring to North America.
ABS’ CNC Machining Expertise
Established in 1971, ABS Machining has grown to become the recognized global leader in large machining, fabrication, and assembly for OEMs. The key to our success has been exceptional people, unparalleled facilities, and an unwavering commitment to quality. Our people are experts in their given field. Their expertise is matched only by their passion for serving our clients. We continue to invest in our people with education programs, cross training and in our internal accredited apprenticeship center.
ABS set out on a path over 4 decades ago to become a global leader in large machining, with the most advance and versatile fleet of equipment. By achieving this goal, ABS has grown to be recognized as one of the largest and most advanced contract manufacturing companies in North America. ABS’ fleet of CNC Boring Mills, Vertical Turning Lathes, and Table Type Boring Mills are supposed across six facilities and serviced with cranes lifting capacities up to 160 tons. Backed by a dedicated staff of professionals in each discipline of manufacturing, ABS truly offers a single source for the most challenging programs of today and for the future. Successfully achieving this goal organically required the following commitments:
- Continuous investment regardless of economic cycles.
- Acquisition of the most advanced technologies in the Large Machining industry.
- Continuous improvements and upgrades of existing capital to ensure all assets are leading edge in the industry.
- Advancing internal capabilities for maintenance programs.
- Building a Government recognized Training Facility to ensure continuity, and that future skilled trades are available.
- Investing and expansion in all support staff roles such as Safety, Quality, Engineering, and Production Control.
Contact us today to see how we can help with your CNC machining project, or give us a call at 1-844-227-6224.
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