For a small shop, making the move to CNC equipment involves different considerations than a larger shop may have. Here’s what the experts advise:

• For cell-based operations, adding the flexibility, configurability and repeatability of a CNC can enhance productivity beyond what a stationary machine can offer.

• In determining when a shop should choose CNC manufacturing over another method, the number of sheets and operations performed should be among the first items considered.

• Remember, it takes time to learn the software, proper dust collection and hold-down techniques, as well train employees. Most small companies investing in their first CNC will gain a comfort level around the 90-day mark.


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