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Manual machines are any type of machine that does not use a computer and relies on being operated by hand. These machines are almost always cheaper than CNC machines, only because anything that cuts your production time in half will come with a price. There are several types of manual machines including mills, press brakes, lathes, and saws.
What is the difference between manual machines and CNC machines?
CNC machines have computer software to perform various tasks. These machines are almost always going to be the preferred option because they are programmable and require less effort. The software takes care of the controls and designs, which leaves your workers free to work on other machines or projects. You will also get more precise cuts/bends than a manual machine. Manual machines rely on a skilled machinist to operate them and do not have a computer to automate control of the machine.
How will I know which one to choose?
That will really depend on your company’s budget and the job that must be performed. If you are a small shop with low funds, it will not be practical for your shop to invest in a more advanced piece of machinery. But if you need the same cut/bend performed with accuracy over and over, then a CNC machine would be the better option. Manual machines will take more time to create accurate and duplicate cuts/bends. A CNC machine just needs the task to be programmed and it will perform the same exact job in half of the time.
Keep in mind you will need an experienced machine operator for a manual machine. It takes years of experience for a machine operator to be skilled enough to be proficient in their job. A CNC machine will eliminate that need because the computer will be handling the more complicated tasks. Some small shops have no problem with using manual machines because it would cost more to invest in a machine that will end up needing costly tune ups or replacement parts. There are a lot of shops that would rather rely on a skilled machinist than computer software that can possibly have a very costly glitch at some time.
There are many pros and cons to owning a manual machine. Here are a few listed below.
-If operated by a skilled machinist there is little room for error.
-More practical for smaller shops
-Cannot perform duplicate cuts as well
-Cannot operate 24 hours a day
-Cannot perform complex cuts/bends in a short amount of time
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