Keeping the CNC Operator Busy
From contributor B:
I'll be feeding the parts through the bander while a pattern is cutting. Usually I've got the whole job banded as the last sheet is cut.
From contributor C:
Waste disposal, edgebanding, assembly, background edit programming, tool maintenance, material handling -oh yes, I almost forgot - a broom! There are a lot of ancillary things that can be done, however be careful not to stretch your operators too thin - production, quality and safety should be paramount concerns in my mind.
From contributor D:
A wide variety of things can be done, but make sure he never leaves the proximity of the machine, just in case he has to hit the E-stop for any reason.
From contributor E:
A lot of our parts get T-Molding so, we built T-Molding work stations that can be moved with a pallet jack in front of each CNC machine. While the machine is running a part - boring, routing and slotting - the operator T-Molds the previous part. It drives me crazy to have an employee just sitting watching a machine work. We have 2 machines and sometimes we are running parts with long cycle times. In these cases we have one person running both CNC machines.
From contributor F:
We keep a belt sander and a shaper next to the router, so while we are waiting, we are sanding and shaping other parts. Also, the computer is nearby for programming new parts.
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