Cylinder production at Hytec Engineering gets a boost
Hytec Engineering, purchased an additional four CNC (computerised numerical control) machines, bringing their total number of machines to seven.. Replacing old, traditional machine tools, Hytec Engineering’s CNC machines are specifically used to manufacture hydraulic cylinder componentry and will achieve major quality improvements stemming from the repeatability produced by CNC machining.
It is proven that, for volume-based projects, CNC machining produces machined parts at a far faster rate with a lot more accuracy compared to manual machining. On the other hand, for once-off milling or tuning, the manual machining process outperforms a CNC machine, purely because of the programming delay in setting up the machining requirements. However, once a component has been programmed it is stored so when a repeat item order is required, the process is simple and fast. Recalling the program and beginning the machining process is all that is required.
It has been proven that CNC machines produce an increased quantity of machined parts with greater accuracy in a fraction of the time when conducting high volume projects.
“Now that we’ve programmed a database of components into the new machines they will significantly increase the production of hydraulic cylinder-machined componentry,” points out Pierre Goosen, General Manager, Hytec Engineering. As a database of components has already been programmed into the new machines, production of the required hydraulic cylinder components will increase significantly.
“The real impact,” Pierre emphasises, “is in new cylinder component manufacturing as the drawings required to program the machines are readily available.” He explains the importance of personnel training on these machine types; “It is equivalent to writing a computer program, “and training, then more training and lots of on-the-job practice is required.”