How Have CNC Machines Impacted Manufacturing?

Computer Numerical Control machines have several advantages over manually operated machines. They've changed the manufacturing industry forever. CNC machines are operated by encoded commands, typically programmed by a human, to carry out a set of instructions to build a specific item. With the accuracy and efficiency of a computer they have revolutionized the manufacturing process.

A CNC machine has several advantages over manual manufacturing. A CNC machine can operate continuously. The machine can continue to work 24 hours a day and 7 days a week with only occasional maintenance. The consistency and accuracy of the finished product are more exact. A CNC machine uses computer programs to assure consistency and accuracy beyond a human's capability. A machine is able to rapidly produce the exact same manufactured product hundreds and thousands of times. There is less risk for accidents when a computer operates a machine versus a human. A human may be tired, upset, emotional, and a machine just operates its commands. CNC machines excel at the strong skills required for manufacturing.

The advantages of computer aided machining outweigh the disadvantages, but there are some concerns. Machines used for manufacture take jobs away from people. A dozen people can operate a manufacturing facility that in the past would require hundreds. The cost of a CNC machine is currently more expensive than manually operated machines. The costs of CNC machines are coming down, and once they become more affordable, most if not all manually operated machines will be replaced. 

There is no doubt that CNC machines will eventually replace humans in most manufactured products. There are advantages to having computers operate machines for manufacturing, but there are human concerns. If you're looking for cnc repairs or professional industrial equipment repairs, contact Northline Industrial today.

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