By Emily Newton, Editor in Chief, Revolutionized





2. Bring connected sensors to the process

The ‘Industrial Internet of Things’ has proved crucial for helping professionals in various industries increase efficiency while keeping safety levels high. For example, smart sensors can spot abnormalities that humans may miss. Additionally, smart sensors also unlock possibilities in machine-to-machine communication. If a machine shop automates parts of the process, such ashandling finished pieces, efficiency levels stay high while injury instances remain low despite the higher output potential.


Focusing on maintaining high quality in a CNC machine shop tends to have positive effects on safety, too. For example, if a machine shop gets ISO 9000 certified,more accountability and improved process standardisationare among the benefits. Certain industries also have specific ISO standards to follow. For example, AS9100 is for the aerospace industry. It encompasses the ISO 9000 stipulations, plusadditional quality and safety requirements.

Components of the ISO 9000 standard encourage companies to measure improvements, enable open discussions about problems and evaluate the individual performance of employees. Together, priorities like these can make CNC machining safer and more efficient. Getting certified is not the only way to improve safety, of course. However, it can give company leaders more direction as they make organisations more resilient.

4. Focus on continuous improvement

随着时间的推移,坚持相同的过程并不总是保持效率或安全性的最佳方法。例如,一家公司最初可能具有反应性维护策略,这意味着人们只有一旦出现问题就倾向于机器。但是,使用实时的预防方法可以为设备提供更多正常运行时间while emphasising safety. Prioritising continuous improvements is an excellent way for company leaders to see what’s working well or requires more attention.

在Levy的机器工程中,管理人员投资了持续的改进,带来了15–20%的收入提升and cutting operational losses by almost 11%. Ongoing audits look at almost 75 aspects of the workflow, keeping everyone more aware of the need to maintain safe practices and identify environmental dangers. For example, company leaders realised that randomly placed drill holes created slipping hazards when material escaped from the spill tray. Using a drill template for the barrels tackled that problem while reducing annual losses.

5. Know when to increase investment in a particular machine

Thorough maintenance strategies go a long way in keeping CNC machines safe and performing well. However, it’s not always sufficient to keep repairing one, especially if it’s old or has a history of safety issues. In such cases, safety managers must decide when to take more extensive action. For example, retrofitting a CNC machine with a newer control可以使其更容易编程总体上更加用户友好。较旧的CNC机器也可能构成其他安全危害。

Most newer models have door safety features that don’t allow people to reach inside until the machine stops running. However, older equipment often has locks that are easy to override, defeating the purpose of putting them on a machine at all. Another option is to repurpose a machine to make it fit a different need. People who choose this route should always get professional guidance. Trying to repurpose a machine with the sole goal of cutting costs raises the risk of accidents.




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