Numerical control in the production chain

9 de August de 2023
Numerical control

In industry, precision and automated processes are crucial factors in increasing the efficiency and productivity of a production line. In this sense, Numerical Control in the production chain has revolutionized the industry. Allowing to control machines and processes through the use of specialized programs and algorithms.

In this blog, we will see how this algorithm has transformed the production process, thus improving production, speed and manufacturing precision.

What is numerical control?

The Numerical Control (CNC) or Computerized Numerical Control is a system, which, as its name indicates, is composed of numerical codes to automate machines operated by commands.

This allows for greater repeatability and production precision by not relying on human operators to manually guide the machinery. What supposes a reduction of errors and improvement in the quality of the products.

How does numerical control work?

Broadly speaking, its operation can be described as follows:

A part is machined using a coordinate system that, through a computer program, controls the movement of the cutting tool in relation to the coordinate axes of the machine, following a precise and repeatable process. These movements can be linear, rotations, tool changes, speed control and cutting.

It should be noted that its operation may vary depending on the type of machine and production process. However, the CNC is the translation of numerical instructions into precise movements.

What are the advantages of Numerical Control in the production chain?

  • Precision and repeatability: Numerical Control allows a millimeter level of manufacturing of parts, which means a perfect finish of the final products.
    Apart from this, the exact movements can be replicated in a multitude of machines, making production consistent and uniform.
  • Efficiency and speed: By not requiring human intervention, it speeds up the production process. In addition, machines, unlike people, can be in operation 24 hours a day, reducing production times and therefore providing greater efficiency.
  • Flexibility and customization: Allows you to quickly adapt and adjust programs and parameters for different demand and production needs. This allows you to offer personalized products and adapt your offer.

What applications does the Numerical Control have?

Apart from being widely applied in high precision metal machining tools such as turning and milling, this control has other functionalities and different applications.

One of these applications is industrial robotics, since, fused with Numerical Control, it has revolutionized the production chain. These robots are capable of performing repetitive and dangerous tasks with a high degree of precision, improving worker safety and freeing them up to perform more creative and complex tasks.

On the other hand, we have 3D printing, which has allowed us to perfectly control the movements of the heads and printing parameters. This means consistent quality and efficient production.

It is important to consider that the implementation of the CNC requires a significant initial investment in software and hardware. However, the long-term benefits are undeniable and make the investment worthwhile.

At AM Soluciones, our team of professionals is highly qualified and ready to provide personalized advice and support companies in the implementation of Numerical Control systems in their production systems. If you are interested, you can contact us. We are at your disposal.

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