This is no longer breaking news. The cnc sheet metal cutting workshop is now heavily dependent on computer based hardware and software technologies, as well as a whole host of other advanced 21st century technologies, amongst which would include digitized processes and laser technologies. A machine or tool can now be fabricated almost entirely from a process known simply as 3 D printing, industrialists having stepped up from the previous standard of 2 D printing.
The technological breakthroughs that have occurred through the years could have its inspirational roots in original prototypes and production orders laid at the doors of the bespoke metalworker. Credit also has to be given to the metalworker and his team. Exceptional work has been rewarded with increased orders. To keep up with new production demands and to never lose track of time, the machinists required the use of additional tooling stations, over a dozen suffices for one factory floor.
These tooling stations have the ability to handle larger than usual sheet sizes. Apart from introducing CNC inspired turret punching technologies, new machinery was introduced to handle additional loading, unloading and part picking tasks. Such machines were great in its time. They had a good tour of duty. But now they have been replaced by faster, larger and more modern sheet metal cutting machines.
You can almost hear the order book crying out for some relief. A new level of capabilities has now been achieved with complete automation, larger sheet capacity management and faster processing times. Material can now be formed from a single machine much in the way an old press brake would have formed smaller parts. And while material thickness capabilities have been increased, new flange heights are being scaled.
That’s tipping the scales of production, to put it mildly.