Since the introduction of CNC machining in the 1940s, there have been many developments and improvements to the original modelling and functionality of the machines. One of the great benefits of CNC machining is its capability for progression since it is run by software which can be updated time and time again to keep up with its environmental developments and changes. Here are some of the recent advancements:
Aside from the aforementioned software advancement opportunities, CNC machining tools are another area which can be tweaked and updated to ensure that there is always progression in the machines abilities. CNC tools are constantly being examined and upgraded in terms of strength, precision and speed. Tools are becoming more specialised and capable of higher precision and detail, whilst maintaining durability.
As we know, CNC machines paved the way for a colossal decline in the necessity of manual operation. They also warrant very minimal supervision after the initial coding and planning part has been completed. This means that machines can be left to advance their instructions and proceed without human interaction or interference.
However, from time to time, one might return to the machine to discover that a minor error has interfered with the project and the machine has paused the function to wait for human rectification of the issue at hand. To evade this issue, there has been a development of Next Generation software, which connects your CNC machine to your smartphone and allows you to keep an eye on its progression through the task at hand. The software can also notify you of any issues which may occur, saving time by way of lost production time or consistent checks which could be avoided using this technology.
In a similar tone to the previous point, there has been a technological development made for the purpose of data collection and analysis of machines. The “Industry 4.0 Initiative” allows machine owners to essentially scan their machines to study systemic performance. This way they can identify areas which could benefit from advancement. This sort of technology promotes consistency and cooperation within the machines, allowing it to reach its full functional potential and allow for consistently improving production and results.
Simulation, Verification and Optimisation Software
This software was introduced as a way of essentially testing what potential results could be, in order to save machine wear and tear and wasting materials, etc. It works by simulating the manufacturing of a product, allowing and potential issues or disparities to be checked over before the official production begins. This may not be necessary for all production but, for some, it could be extremely beneficial in time and waste management.