Navigating the future of metalworking in 2024 - Manufacturers turn to digitalised CNC machining and interconnected smart factories
Tezmaksan Robot Technologies looks at the key trends in manufacturing and explores why manufactures should embrace transformative technologies with user-friendly interface and adaptability to keep up with the evolving needs of the metalworking industry.
Playing a key role in ensuring that automation is incorporated into the fabrication process helps to keep things moving along as quickly and efficiently as possible for manufacturing businesses around the world.
A suite of automation solutions from FANUC has proved integral to the delivery of an industrial-scale laser cutting cell commissioned by the UK's Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC). Constructed by system integrator
The nature of the deburring task is highly repetitive, dirty, and carries a risk of injury. Retaining personnel for such a strenuous and messy job is challenging. Robotic deburring is an appealing option for these reasons, plus the results are more precise and repeatable.
This article will address the transition to automated support removal (and finishing) solutions and consider the advantages and disadvantages of using CNC systems versus the versatility and reliability of robots.
Different types of CNC machines will appear in smart factories. Here's what you need to know about upgrading and updating your machines.
Implementing sophisticated CNC equipment and machines, to achieve automation, is not just expensive, it's also time-consuming. You can't just swap everything in one go and hope it works.
EDM - could be classified as one of the most useful in a modern shop. Also called a spark machining tool, the device uses sparks, or electricity, to cut through materials. It uses thermal energy to make the cuts by removing material.
The unique characteristics of PCE overcome many of the issues associated with more traditional metal cutting technologies, and as such - in some instances - when looking for a cost-effective solution for the manufacture of precise metal parts, it is the only viable choice.
When a client needs a prototype created quickly, longer-running fabrication jobs most likely will have to be be put on hold to make room for a rapid prototype manufacturing job.
While a CNC user might employ various methods for data transfer, they can either be classified based on the type of data being transferred or the method of data transfer employed.
While errors are far less likely with CNC machines than manual processes, they can still happen. When they do, they can create bottlenecks, lead to waste and, if not caught, hamper client-customer relationships through poor-quality products.
The benefits of DNC software when it comes to managing your CNC programs, machine parameters, and offsets are well known. As a result, many businesses look to offer some form of DNC software or their own, ranging from thousands of dollars to absolutely free.
There is significant competition in the market between different cutting technologies, whether they are intended for sheet metal, tubes or profiles. There are those that use methods of mechanical cutting by abrasion and others that prefer thermal methods.
These success stories seek to highlight the industry-level challenges faced, the resulting automation and motion control requirements that need to be addressed, the results that can be achieved and the key platform strategy.
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