How to Improve Machining Equipment Utilization
Admittedly, better equipment is more expensive, at least initially, so you must consider how to get the greatest return on that investment. One way is to machine faster. Maximizing spindle utilization is the other. With faster setup and the ability to machine unattended with faster cycle times, shops can double the output of a machine, or more.
Setup reduction can be accomplished in several ways, all of which reduce downtime to keep CNC machines running as much as possible.
Removable pallets with hydraulic clamps, for instance, allow operators to run one job while prepping another, then swap out pallets and continue immediately instead of taking the time to clean up and re-fixture the second job only after the first is finished…READ MORE.