We are entering the era of 5-axis machining. Between increased competition, Industry 4.0, and the continual widening of the skilled labor gap, the machining industry is seeing some rapid changes around the technology used on the shop floor. The demand for 5-axis machining is higher than ever. In 2020, sales in 5-axis vertical machines are expected to increase by 18%, and 5-axis horizontal machines are expected to increase by 20%.
Connected machine shops are closing the loop by implementing operational changes to improve processes and procedures based on the data collected and analyzed from machines. Connected machines allow you to monitor machines for real-time data while collecting data over time to help you discover trends in production. Learn how connectivity can be a powerful tool for your machine shop.
Adding automation to your machine shop will not just increase your overall productivity, it will help keep employees engaged. Using automation for repetitive and monotonous tasks, allows your workers to use their skills on larger, more important projects.
Your response to a fire disaster is crucial in minimizing downtime and getting operations back up and running as quickly as possible. Downtime, as well as repair and replacement costs, rapidly add up. Learn three key guidelines to help you return to normal operations following a fire.
Modern Machine Shop’s “Top Shops” program uses data collected from surveying machine shops of all types and size. The information is compiled to determine the top-performing shops and outlines best practices and key metrics for success. This benchmarking data offers actionable intel to compare your machine shop to the country’s leading machining businesses.
According to Dust Safety Science, in 2018, dust collectors ranked the highest when it came to combustible dust incidents with 51 fires, 12 explosions, 23 injuries, and one fatality. While reported dust collector fires are not as common as in other equipment, the damage and threat to personal safety are significant. Learn about fire hazards and fire protection methods.
Health and safety professionals in machine shops have the important job of creating and maintaining a safe work environment. They establish standard operating procedures for machinery and equipment use, develop and oversee safety polices, and provide safety training. They identify and address potential safety hazards to mitigate the risks.
Machine shop health and safety professionals oversee and implement safety programs. These programs provide guidance on the use of personal protective equipment, machine guarding, and safety policies. The demanding environment of machine shops creates unique hazards, including fire risks. Learn ways to protect your workplace and personnel from fire.
In CNC machining, the two functions of coolants are to cool the tool and reduce friction in the cut. While functionality may be the same, machine shops have the choice of using water-miscible fluids, soluble oils, synthetics, and semi synthetics. The coolant used depends on the machining operation. We will explore the pros and cons of oil-based coolants.
Machine shops lose around $50 billion annually due to unplanned downtime and delays. Putting in place proper fire suppression equipment in your machine shop can prevent lengthy delays, expensive repairs, and decrease risks in your shop and your business.
To make sure you’re running the safest and most profitable business, you can assess your current risk of fire and learn how to implement proper protection measures to maximize success. Fire suppression systems installed on CNC machines protect machines, employees, and the surrounding manufacturing area.