Automation continues to have a profound impact on metal fabrication shops and the services we can offer – especially in the case of smaller scale, American manufacturing operations like Superior Machining & Fabrication. Highly accurate and efficient automated equipment has revolutionized the way that we fabricate many types of metal components, substantially increasing our productivity, capacity, as well as the precision and repeatability of our products.
Below, we take a look at some of the biggest ways automation has transformed the machining services and fabrication capabilities that our shop is able to offer.
4 of the Most Transformative Automated Machining and Fabrication Technologies
Automated CNC Machining Systems
CNC machines are a cornerstone of automation in today’s manufacturing industry, practically ubiquitous in machine shops throughout the world. CNC systems are responsible for precisely controlling the movement of the various metal fabrication tools such as cutters, routers, lasers, and lathes.
Through precise computer-controlled movements, CNC machines cut, shape, and otherwise manipulate metal parts with extreme accuracy and repeatability. As a result, human error is all but eliminated from the process. Simultaneously, CNC machining services can more reliably achieve extremely close tolerances and complex part features while speeding up production, thus massively increasing our capacity. CNC Swiss turning is especially advantageous for complex machining projects, giving us the capability to further automate the production of extremely intricate part features/designs.
Automated Material Handling and Logistics
Automated material handling such as pallet systems and robotic handlers can streamline all of the constant loading, unloading, and transportation processes within the fabrication shop. The result is a substantially speedier workflow which reduces the time and effort required to move materials between workstations, and to move parts where they need to be. That means we can spend more time on the actual manufacturing of your products, further increasing capacity while simultaneously promoting a safer workplace with less physically demanding labor for our dedicated employees.
CAD/CAM Integration for Automated Manufacturing
Computer-aided design (CAD) and Computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software are essential for creating and simulating designs before they are fabricated. We use these advanced systems to transfer and access customers’ detailed 3D models of products, which are then reliably reproduced on our machines. Integration with CNC machinery allows for seamless transfer of all product design data and specifications, minimizing the risk of errors while optimizing and syncing all of our various different manufacturing processes.
Automated Quality Control and Inspection
Automation also finds its way into the modern quality control process, helping us to ensure better accuracy and repeatability. For example, automated inspection systems use advanced sensors and cameras to detect part defects, inaccuracies, or any inconsistencies with customer specifications, minimizing the occurrence of reject parts. Automated quality control technology also speeds up complicated testing and inspection processes to further reduce labor costs and maximize shop efficiency.
Embracing the Latest Machining and Fabrication Technology Since 1995
Backed by more than 25 years of versatile American manufacturing experience, our company knows what it takes to compete in today’s highly automated machining and fabrication industries. With over 100+ CNC workcenters at our disposal integrated within our 100,000 sq.-ft facility, Superior Machining & Fabrication is one of the most comprehensive and state-of-the-art CNC machining service providers for the Muenster, Texas region and beyond.