Machining is an important part of the manufacturing process, and it's one that many companies trust their employees to tackle early in their careers. However, as you might expect, there's also a fair bit of attention to detail required. For new hires, it's not always easy to get it exactly right.
So what should people who are new to manufacturing look out for when they take on machining early in their careers? We have some suggestions:
1) Make sure planning has been taken down to the finest detail
You know doubt realize that machining is a highly precise task and the people who put the process for this particular task together should have every single detail about it mapped out, according to Cutting Tool Engineering. There is no consideration too small for you (or them) to overlook, and before you begin, make sure you have everything you need to do the job right.
2) Check that the machines are set up properly
Along similar lines, it will always be a good idea to ensure the machine you're using for a given production task is properly calibrated and fully set up so that you're going to do things properly, Cutting Tool Engineering said. This may not always be something you can determine on your own, so when in doubt, ask someone who knows if any changes need to be made, or if you can proceed as normal.
3) Accept that mistakes happen
Especially when you are first starting out in the world of manufacturing, the fact of the matter is that you're not going to do everything right 100% of the time — and that's often true for long-tenured veterans of the industry, according to American Rotary. It's important not to get flustered if you make a mistake here and there. If the problem is persistent, ask for guidance.
4) Always check that what you're doing is correct
You never want to proceed with confidence into a situation where you're doing something wrong, so when you're first getting the hang of machining, it's good to get some extra advice as need be, American Rotary added. You may not need someone to "hold your hand" with a given task, but checking after you've completed some work to make sure everything looks good will help you stay on the right track.
5) Don't get into the same routines
Machining is often a repetitive task but you shouldn't feel obligated to follow that same rote, repetitive course of action at all times, a separate report from Cutting Tool Engineering advised. If you can find ways to mix things up and still get the job done right, you might find yourself more engaged with your work.
6) Only engrave on flat surfaces
If some of your machining work involves engraving, you should always ensure the surface you're working on is as flat as possible, Cutting Tool Engineering noted. The reason why is simple: Uneven engraving typically looks "off," and it's easy for consumers or users to tell that something went wrong.