Any activities involved in transforming raw materials into finished products are part of the manufacturing process. This might be accomplished through the use of labor, machinery, chemicals, formulation methods, or biological processes, to add value to a raw material before selling it. But, what is manufacturing technology?
In simple terms, any technology that shapes or influences the manufacturing process is a form of manufacturing technology, which provides the tools that enable the production of all manufactured goods.The tools of production include machine tools, related equipment, and their accessories and tooling. Machine tools are usually non-portable, power-driven manufacturing machines and systems used in performing specific actions on various materials to produce marketable products or components. Equipment and technologies relevant to this description would include Computer Aided Design (CAD), Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM), and the assembly and testing systems needed to produce a sub-assembly or finished product.
Computer Numerical Control or CNC machining is a manufacturing process in which special computer software programs govern the activities of factory tools and machinery. Using CNC, itâ€™s possible to control a range of complex machinery, including grinders, lathes, mills, and routers. CNC machining enables manufacturers to use single set of configuration triggers to perform three-dimensional cutting tasks.
Programs for CNC machines are fed to computers though small keyboards, using a standard language known as G-code. This code is written to control the various behaviors of a particular machine, such as the speed, feed rate, and coordination. Newer prompts can be added to pre-existing programs through revised code.
When a CNC system is run, the software program is configured with a set of desired cuts, which are relayed to the relevant tools and machinery that carry out the designated tasks, in a similar manner to a robot.
There are many trends being embraced today that will drive the future of software development. But where the trends are at — in terms of adoption — varies between innovators who are ahead of the curve, early adopters who are next up, and early majority who are embracing the trends.
Software-Based Systems:These include Computer Aided Design (CAD), Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM), Computer Numerical Control (CNC), Direct Numerical Control (DNC), Programmable Logic Control (PLC), Numerical Control (NC), systems integration software, and software for process optimization.
Material Removal Tools And Processes: Drilling, milling, turning, grinding, tapping, sawing, broaching, electrical discharge machines (EDM), water jet cutting and laser process equipment, are all examples.
Material Forming Equipment And Processes:e.g., cold and hot forming equipment, stamping, bending, joining, shearing, presses, and hydro-forming.
Work Holders:Systems for holding components in place, such as clamps, blocks, chucks, tooling columns, angle plates, and fixtures.
Material Handling Systems:Conveyors, pallet changers, die handling equipment, bar feed equipment, automated wire guided vehicles, and robots are all in this class.
Automated Systems:Among this class of manufacturing technology are assembly systems, transfer machines, and Flexible Manufacturing Systems (FMS).
Additive Processes: These include 3D printing, laser sintering, and rapid prototyping equipment.Several types of manufacturing systems are made possible through the application of different forms of manufacturing technology.
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