Traditional CNC Lathes
Nowadays, traditional machine tools seem to be out of sight on the market, and they are basically replaced by CNC machine tools. Many traditional CNC lathes have entered the museum or become a symbolic object. As the gears keep turning over time, will traditional CNC lathes be eliminated in the future?
Machine tools have a history of hundreds of years. In such an era of replacement of new and old, machine tools are constantly being eliminated by the times. However, to this day, many traditional machine tools are still used in many factories as part of the manufacturing production line.
1. Traditional CNC lathes are cheap
For companies, controlling production costs is extremely important. Many traditional machine tools, especially lathes, with the same power, the purchase cost of CNC lathes is several times more expensive than ordinary lathes, and the subsequent maintenance, repair, and supporting consumables are also much higher. Although the current CNC machine tools are constantly replacing traditional machine tools, the cheap and affordable advantages of traditional machine tools cannot be replaced. Therefore, it is difficult for traditional machine tools to be completely eliminated in the short term.
2. Traditional CNC lathes are more suitable for small-scale processing and secondary repair of parts
When it is necessary to produce certain small batches of parts, the advantages of traditional machine tools are reflected. Most skilled workers only need to see the drawing of the part to be able to process the part with a traditional machine tool.
Today's machine tool users prefer "customization", which also places higher demands on manufacturers of machine tools. In the production of such machine tools, since the parts are customized products, workers are often required to make secondary modifications to the processed parts. It would be a waste of time and energy if the CNC machine tools were used for programming at this time. Many masters directly use traditional machine tools for simple processing, and the parts can be used. This is one of the important reasons why many manufacturers retain traditional machine tools.
3. The salary of CNC programmers is high, and it is difficult to recruit talents
Compared with many automation equipments and even laser equipment today, the advantage of traditional CNC lathes that only requires manual operation is still supported by many masters. Because not every worker knows how to program. For the person in charge of the company, CNC programmers often need higher salaries, and there are many types of CNC systems. It is obviously more difficult to find an operator proficient in CNC machine tools than to find a traditional one. The machine tool worker is high.
4. Enterprise input cost issue
Although CNC lathes are becoming more and more popular nowadays, for companies, investing a large amount of money to replace equipment in batches often puts a lot of pressure on companies. Taking into account the problems of corporate capital turnover and rational use of equipment, most companies will choose to gradually replace CNC equipment, so many companies will also use traditional machine tools for partial processing in their workshops.
To sum up, it can be seen that although intelligent manufacturing has become a major trend in the development of the manufacturing industry, in the case of the popularization of intelligent equipment, traditional CNC lathes still have their own advantages. As the degree of intelligence of CNC machine tools continues to increase in the future, traditional machine tools may be replaced on a large scale, but it is not feasible for now to completely eliminate them.
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