All manufacturers are under pressure to make their operations more efficient. That means getting more from your investments in both production equipment and people. Automation is increasingly part of that equation but for many shops, the topmost priority is getting more from the equipment they already have.
One area where shops are seeing significant returns is with five-axis machining centers. It’s not just about machining complicated parts more quickly and to higher quality standards. It’s also about doing more to finish a job in a single setup. Being able to get at multiple sides of a part as well as 3D intricate workpiece features can pay huge dividends in reduced total cycle times while delivering better dimensional accuracy, surface finish, and tool life.