In recent years, automated cutting machines have been growing in popularity across the UK. Particularly in the textile manufacturing industry, we are beginning to see more and more companies turn to automated cutting solutions to deal with their large volumes of fabric. While CNC cutting machines can prove to be expensive additions to the workshop, we're going to take a look at some of the benefits of using them in mass production.
Automated cutting machines are faster than hand-cutting
No matter how skilled or experienced a pattern cutter is, they simply can't match a CNC cutting machine for speed. This may not be the most important thing for every cutting operation, but when you are dealing with large quantities of fabrics, it can be very difficult to keep up with the workload when you are cutting by hand. By using an automated cutting machine, you can cut the same amount of fabric in a fraction of the time, providing a massive boost to the efficiency of your operation.
When pattern cutting, there is very little margin for error. A person who is cutting by hand for 8 hours a day is bound to make a mistake or two somewhere down the line, this is perfectly understandable. When you use a CNC cutting machine, everything is done exactly to the parameters that have been programmed in. This means that the machine will cut exactly the way that you tell it to with no errors, no matter how intricate or complex the pattern is.
Maximum productivity, minimal downtime
Nobody works at 100% efficiency - this is a fact. Lunch breaks, toilet breaks, occasionally chatting with a colleague, all of these play a factor in productivity. Machines such as Pathfinder's range of CNC automated cutting machines can run continuously throughout a working day with little to no downtime. Pathfinder machines even feature a sharpening mechanism which sharpens the blade every time it moves up and down, further increasing its efficiency.
Automated cutting takes the skill out of the operation
It's no secret that the UK has a shortage of skilled workers in the textile manufacturing industry. That's not to say that they're not out there, but they're becoming increasingly difficult to find. The idea behind automated cutting machines is that they can de-skill your cutting operation as they are easy to use. After a few hours of training, just about anyone (regardless of their cutting experience) can use these machines to great effect, eliminating the need to seek out a skilled worker.
These are just a few of the benefits of using an automated cutting machine. Making the switch from hand-cutting can seem quite daunting, but if you're cutting large volumes of fabric on a regular basis, you will wonder how you ever managed without one. If you would like to learn more about our range of Pathfinder CNC cutting machines, don't hesitate to get in touch with us - we would love to hear from you!
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