See if this sounds familiar. In a bid to save costs and bring skills in-house you decided to invest in a CNC machine. Now, a few months later, you aren’t entirely sure if you’re getting the most out of your new resource. These are the types of questions you may find yourself asking:
“Should this part be taking me that long?”
If your company has never machined in house before then it’s hard to get a good judgement of exactly how long it should take to mill or turn your part. This means that although may be happy to produce a part in over an hour, for a professional company this may only mean twenty minutes of work. Often mean that your in house capacities can’t meet demand, and often there isn’t enough money to invest in a second machine.
“Should this machine be running all day?”
As a result of the above, many manufacturers will decided the best course of action is to run the machine for extra shifts so they can get the parts that they need. This not only has extra staff costs associated with it, but can mean a higher likelihood of machine fault and downtime. It will also mean a shorter life for your machine.
“Should this be costing me this much?”
New machinery does not come cheap, and represents a significant business risk. If you’ve invested in a new machine, you may have not factored in associated costs like power usage, repair contracts, labour costs and inserts into your mix. These factors can often catch companies by surprise.
Getting the most
If machining isn’t the core of your business then its key you get the right staff to run the machines to get the most out of your investment. Generally where you have small volumes of small, simple machined parts then you can make the investment work, but in many cases it may make more sense to outsource.
Bronte Precision offer competitive machining in medium volumes of large parts that require a high level of machining. We are fully ISO certified and based in Bradford, West Yorkshire.