Understanding Machining and Machine Shops
 
FabricationMachining is one of the most vital processes used in fabrication and manufacturing. It is so important that some fabrication and manufacturing companies spend the additional resources necessary to create in-house machining capabilities to handle all of the machining work that arises. The workplace where machining processes occur is commonly referred to as a "Machine Shop”. Some machine shops are also expanding the services offered to promote fabrication and the delivery of finished products.
 
Machining includes the various processes used to remove parts from a raw material in order to transform it into a preferable shape and size. This is generally accomplished using some sort of machine with a cutting tool to remove the material in a controlled manner.
 
Traditional machining relied on conventional methods to transform the material, but new technologies have led to these processes being automated. Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) machining equipment relies on computer programs to relay instructions on cutting.
 
The standard for CNC machines is 3-axis cutting, but new technologies are making it possible for 5-axis cutting to take place. These new machines offer increased efficiency while making more precise cuts quicker than ever before. This results in reduced labour and tooling costs.
 
Types of Machining
 
Any process that works to remove material from an object can be classified as machining. Common machining processes include:
  • Turning – applying a lathe against an object that is being rotated.
  • Boring – enlarging a hole that has already been drilled.
  • Milling – the cutting tool rotates around the object to create the desired shape.
There are many different processes that are used for machining. Turning, boring and milling are the most common processes that have machines specifically developed to successfully complete the process. These machines may be conventional and run exclusively by a skilled operator or they may be CNC machines that can run with minimal supervision. The best machine shops will often employ a combination of conventional and CNC machines to ensure that every project along with any emergency repair work can be handled.
 
The Benefits of Large Machine Shops
 
The size of the facilities and the availability of equipment are often the limiting factors that prevent most machine shops from handling large fabrication and machining projects. Large machine shops have the additional space to accommodate larger projects and are more likely to have the machining equipment necessary to finish these larger pieces. This includes the equipment to move these pieces around the shop; some of these pieces can weigh upwards of 30 metric tons.
 
Large machine shops are especially important for handling the requirements for companies in the following industries:
  • Energy
  • Oil/Gas
  • Mining
  • Construction
Large machine shops also have the additional space necessary to offer the extra services that go into fabrication such as welding and assembling.
 
When choosing a large machine shop it is important to look for a solid reputation and a history of quality products. This is the best way to ensure that highly skilled labour and the latest technology are used to complete the project. The ability to do both custom work as well as volume production is also important.
 
Find out all of the benefits of choosing a quality large machine shop today.
 
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Concord, Ontario L4K 2A3
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