Modern technology and computer aided machining techniques allow for a precision in manufacturing previously unattainable. Unfortunately, computerized machining is only as precise as the programmer who tells the computer what to do. This means that although much better products can be manufactured, there needs to be a rigorous system of quality control in place to inspect each piece before going to market.
Precision Machining and Mistakes
There can be a few sources of mistakes in ultra-precision machining. If the machine isn't programmed properly, it's still going to do follow the instructions it receives even though they are slightly off from what was intended. Another factor is if a material isn't properly loaded into the machine the measurements aren't going to line up properly and the piece wont be shaped the way it was supposed to be. If the material itself is flawed or of substandard quality, the finished piece is likely to reflect the imperfection as well.
Quality Control Before Sending An Item Out
Quality control depends on the piece being made to determine how it is to be inspected. In some cases, a visual inspection is sufficient. Some products require a detailed functional inspection of the first piece made before continuing production. More intricate items may need to be randomly inspected throughout the production process to assure nothing has gone wrong during the production process. The final decision is as to what is needed for quality control is up to the engineer and factory foreman as they decide what is needed to prevent selling substandard inventory to the open market.
Ultimately, the success of your company relies on the quality of the products you provide. Taking the time to properly set up ultra-precision machinery will reduce mistakes in-house, and appropriate quality control will prevent the worse mistake of selling a defective item to one of your valued customers.
If you're looking for a reliable and experienced special equipment manufacturing, contact the machine shop at Iridium Manufacturing today. Their expert services enable us to offer turn-key solutions to complicated manufacturing projects.