Purchasing custom manufacturing machinery can seem daunting in comparison to the relatively easy process of finding a seemingly-suitable standard model in a distributor’s handy online catalogue. However, hasty buying decisions are usually more costly in the long-run, especially on the manufacturing floor. For the right application, custom machinery can actually provide your operation more security and cost-savings over time, making the decision process and upfront expense well worth it.
Limitations of Standard Automation & Machinery
Implementing a standard automation or robotics solution certainly seems simple, and they do have their place in the manufacturing world. However, putting a square peg in a round hole application-wise will inevitably cost you more time and money in the long-run. For example, standard models are always designed according to general efficiency standards, and those standards may or may not match up with your own process. Standard automation software also may not integrate well if you already have your own system in place. As a result, bugs and hiccups are likely to occur. Additionally, not all standard models can meet your needs for safety, sanitation, speed, or durability. If your process takes place in clean room conditions, or under higher-than-average safety regulations, you may not be able to rely on a standard solution at all.
Economical Custom Solutions
By this point, you’re probably starting to put the pieces together on what kinds of applications necessitate custom machinery and integrated automation. If any of those applications sound like one of yours, don’t feel discouraged by the cost, timeline, and engineering needed. Afterall, going custom doesn’t mean reinventing the wheel. Not only can our team at CNC Solutions make customizations to existing equipment, we can leverage our decades of experience with machine tool suppliers and machine tool and robotics manufacturers to provide a cost-effective solution on time. Working with the right team will keep you on budget, and maybe even save you a pretty penny here and there.
Additionally, some machine tool manufacturers, like Ingersoll Milling Machine Company, have launched lines of equipment that are customizable to a point, creating a happy medium between customization and mass production. This presents another more economical option for operations in need of some degree of custom engineering. If your project can handle a little pre-engineering, then contracting with an engineering firm to make either small adjustments to existing equipment, or seeking out a semi-custom model might work just fine for you.
No matter what solution ends up being the right fit, working with a team of subject matter experts will save you time and money at the end of the day. If you’re looking for additional guidance on implementing custom manufacturing equipment or automation solutions, get in touch with one of our engineers at CNC Solutions.