Posted: 05 December 2019
When it comes to metal work and in particular sheetmetal fabrication, there's one word that leads to the best results: precision. Regardless of what your business is, or what your goals are, out of specification products or components create tremendous problems. In addition to affecting your internal operations, a fabricated product that has not been manufactured to the highest level of precision could damage your business reputation.
That's why it's so important that the contract manufacturer you choose is using the latest technology; specifically, CNC machines.
What are CNC Machines? 'Computer Numeric Control' machines are a manufacturing process in which pre-programmed computer software dictates the movement of factory tools and machinery. With CNC machines, three-dimensional cutting tasks can be accomplished in a single set of prompts.
The CNC process runs in contrast to the limitations of manual control, where live operators are needed to prompt and guide the commands of machine tools via levers, buttons and wheels. CNC machines might look like an ordinary computer set-up, but its software and consoles set it apart from all other forms of computation.
The key concept with the CNC machine is accuracy and precision; rather than a shape being marked and cut by hand, it's entered into the program and the shape is then cut far more precisely than a manual process would achieve.
Most of what we do at ENI uses CNC equipment, including:
- Laser cutting
- Robotic welding
The main software we use at ENI is Trumpf's Boost, which is unique for 2D/3D design and the programming of laser, punching, and bending machines. Our operators are highly skilled at using this software, the result of comprehensive training. We're always looking for ways to improve our skillsets and increase innovation, so when it comes to the CNC machine, we make sure that our staff are using the latest technology they've been specifically trained to operate.
As in computing generally, the output from CNC machines reflects the quality of the input. In other words, the program and the machinery do precisely what we tell them to do. The level of training our staff receive means that the design and programming they can achieve using CNC processes is of the highest precision.
Pretty much every project we undertake comes off a CNC machine, because not only does it ensure a greater level of accuracy, but using innovative technology drives costs out of projects. Using CNC technology means we can create more cost-effective solutions for our customers, while still ensuring quality.
Because CNC technology is constantly evolving, precision engineering providers need to keep up with it and continue to reinvest in it. At ENI, we're continually investing in new equipment, training and technology, because failing to do so means being left behind in a rapidly advancing industry.
At ENI, it's about bringing your ideas to the table, so through our innovative CNC technology and our expertise, we can take that vision and produce it with the highest level of precision and accuracy possible.
Are you on the hunt for a metal work and sheetmetal manufacturer? Here are three key questions to ask about their CNC capabilities:
- What machinery do they use - are they utilising the latest technology?
- What level of accuracy can those machines achieve?
- What level of skill, training and experience do the operators have - are they qualified design engineers?
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