How CNC Milling can lead to precision parts, cost-effectiveness and increased productivity

Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machining is a cost-effective way to increase efficiency in the workplace. CNC machines are fast becoming the preferred choice to produce complex parts in the manufacturing industry and are used to supply multiple sectors such as aerospace, defence, energy and nuclear. This is because the advantages of CNC machines vastly outweigh traditional methods in that they allow higher levels of automation and reduce possible errors while increasing productivity and cost-effectiveness.

“Machining” refers to the removal of material using specialised tooling, until a desired shape and size is achieved. Traditionally, this is done manually, where a human controls the machine. CNC Machining involves the use of computer software to generate code that the machine can read to determine a sequence of moves, thus removing the human element of machine operation. This manufacturing process increases the amount of repeatability that is possible in a production process and is therefore a more cost and time effective solution.


CNC Milling Machining Advantages

Productivity and Cost Effectiveness

Because you can program a CNC Machine to perform a complex series of actions, the operator can step away while the machine produces the component. This allows the operator to run more than one machine, hugely increasing productivity, and rate of output. The automation of the CNC Machine allows for increased productive hours when compared to a manual machine, meaning the rate of output is much higher. This, in combination with a reduction of errors, provides a large benefit in cost-effectiveness.


Because human error is almost eliminated due to the reduction of human interaction, CNC machines are highly consistent and accurate, providing the end customer with uniform and faultless products. This is what makes CNC machining so crucial for quality-focused industries such as aerospace, defence and nuclear, where defective components cannot be utilised.


CNC Machines have fully sealed guarding and an interlock feature which does not allow the machine to operate without the guard fully closed. This means that, unlike manual machines, the operator is completely safe from the risk of interaction with moving parts.

Flexible Production Runs

CNC machines can be reprogrammed in a short period of time to produce a completely new product, making them ideal for short or long production runs. Engineers can change programs without long periods of down-time.


CNC Milling from AML

AML Sheffield is committed to continuous investment in precision CNC Machines for the production of complex components. AML have a wide range of horizontal and vertical multi-axis mill-turn machining centres, that allow us to produce a variety of component sizes. Our two DMG Mori NT6600’s are the ultimate integrated mill-turn machining centres and are capable of handling long and large-diameter workpieces. They have the world’s fastest rotary axis drive systems which achieve zero backlash and offer high-speed rotation and high-precision indexing.

AML is now a truly world class supplier of complex challenging components delivering advanced manufacturing services to our customers.


About AML

AML is an advanced manufacturing supplier specialising in the development of manufacturing solutions and production services for a number of prestigious blue-chip clients.

We are recognised as a market leader in delivering flexible manufacturing capability at the leading edge of machining services and efficiencies, with particular expertise in the aerospace, defence, energy and nuclear sectors.

Our technology-based approach has earned us a trusted supply chain partner status as we utilise the very latest innovations and equipment to manufacture the highest quality machined precision parts available on the market today. We continue to invest in our engineering milling and CNC machining services to deliver technologically advanced solutions to meet the next generation of production challenges. We are committed to supporting the factories of the future.