The technology of automated cut machine
The automated cut machine includes a variety of feed rates that the operator can choose from so that the correct rate will be achieved according to the material that will be cut. This will optimize production rates, accuracy and repeatability throughout the cut length. Programming of the automated cut machine is relatively simple because a batching feature allows all variables for frequently run jobs to be pre-programmed. In some automated cut machines, as much as 99 batches can be pre-programmed with a kitting function that allows multiple batches to be cut consecutively.
Advantages of automated cut machines
If the materials that have to be cut are generally expensive, automated cutting will ensure that there is less wastage. The reduction in wastage alone will be able to offset the investment on the machine. If the lengths and sizes of the cut need a high level of accuracy, automation leads to more cost savings in the production line because machines do not commit the same costly mistakes that humans do. Automated machines can work continuously without any lunch breaks and yet they deliver the same high quality results. High power laser cutters can be the best option because there are no consumables and waste is significantly minimal. The price can be quite expensive but due to its longer life, the returns on investment are relatively high.
The importance of CNC technology on cut machines
One of the most common misconceptions in integrating CNC technology into cut machines is the length of time before realizing the returns on investment. In most instances, shops veer away from CNC technology because they are intimidated with the price tag and the complexity of technology. However, CNC technology allows cutting a range of materials in varying thickness through a process that is much faster than using manual cut machines. CNC technology also enhances repeatability and consistency with a high level of quality. It eliminates secondary processes like drilling and dross removal that saves a lot of effort, time and money.
On the surface, if CNC technology is incorporated into a plasma cut machine, it would appear to be very complex but the operation is rather simple because it only involves some programming of the specifications on a computer. The operator only needs to choose the right material and thickness including the part program and CNC will communicate with the systems various components so that the necessary parameters are set and adjusted. The operator need not even be an expert on the components of the cut machine for the CNC system can be efficiently and effectively operated. The process does not also require consistent monitoring because it automatically knows how to do the job.