Productivity and Efficiency Increases

Two categories where artificial intelligence benefits CNC manufacturing the most are in productivity and efficiency. It could be argued that every single benefit of AI and deep machine learning will directly or indirectly impact the core values of shop productivity and efficiency.

Two categories where artificial intelligence benefits CNC manufacturing the most are in productivity and efficiency. It could be argued that every single benefit of AI and deep machine learning will directly or indirectly impact the core values of shop productivity and efficiency.

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Machines that produce and analyze production data, providing results in real-time to human operators, are prime candidates for boosting productivity. As data is analyzed and suggested changes reviewed by operators, shop owners can instantly change up the way a machine performs, resulting in entire percentage points’ worth of through-put and greater resiliency for the company.

Predictive and diagnostic data with deep learning will produce machines that automatically alert an operator when a machine will require servicing, part changes, and downtime. Diagnostic data can also help machinists and maintenance crews to make changes for better efficiency and functioning in real-time thanks to a never-ending data loop.

Imagine receiving automatic alerts when a machine should be serviced, a part changed, or a function repaired before the machine goes down and at just the right time in your workflow to allow for maximum shop flow while your machine is offline. That is what artificial intelligence can conceivably accomplish when combined with CNC machines.

Ultimately, more knowledge and better decision making result in less lost time for the shop floor. Scheduling maintenance, organizing jobs, and facilitating increased production all become realities thanks to machine learning and the artificial intelligence software that produces it.

 

Cost Savings are Driven Upward
One of the most significant issues with running a machine shop is in knowing when CNC machines require calibration, tune-ups, part adjustments, and servicing. No matter when these needs pop up, the process will always cost time and, as any shop owner knows, time equals money.

What if you could predict the optimal time for servicing, jump on calibration before it’s needed, swap out parts before they start misfiring on a production run, and ruin hours of work? That is exactly what artificial intelligence can provide. When a machine is driven by data and operators receive real-time streams of data feedback, predictive measures can be taken.

Optimizing the shop floor is critical in saving money and ultimately boosting total profit per production run. The big problems in shop optimization occurs when machine failure causes production to cease. Lost time is always lost money and unexpected or unaccounted for problems can create a significant dent in the expected profit from a production run. Some failures can cause so much lost time that profit from a single production run vanishes altogether. Knowing your machines is vital to keep the shop floor humming along.

Artificial intelligence can predict when machines need to be serviced and gauge the optimal time to do so. By working with a set of data that is connected to your production runs, run times, machine productivity, and tool life, AI can predict optimal times for servicing and machine tune-ups. Figuring out optimal servicing and downtime slots is crucial to keep shops running at peak performance. AI data will also provide information on how long a machine can run before it needs to be serviced. Predictive data such as this means less tool failure, prolonged tool life, less downtime, and saved time and money.

 

Industry-Wide Transformation
Artificial intelligence is set to transform the entire machining industry from the ground up and it’s easy to see why. With AI-based software introduced into CNC machine shops, productivity level is expected to rise, shop owners should see their bottom-line increase, and the industry will be one step closer to a lights-out setup. After the supply line disruption and painful reality of where manufacturing shortfalls in 2020, AI is looking to swoop in and save the day.

Progress certainly won’t be immediate, and many shops will need time to incorporate changes to their manufacturing practices, but those that do will reap the benefits. Eventually, everything is shifting toward IoT and AI incorporation. For CNC machine shop owners, it’s no longer a matter of “if” but “when” these technologies will get adopted. Many early adopters are already seeing positive results. Unfortunately, with the rapid transition we’re seeing, if owners wait to incorporate this technology for too long, they might just get left behind.


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