On a number of occasions I’ve pointed to specific articles highlighting the potential growth of US and specifically, CNC machine, manufacturing in the near future. You may recall this article about GE and the in-sourcing boom, this article about manufacturing in the Silicon Valley, and this Wall Street Journal article centered around advanced manufacturing.
Never fearful of good, heartening news, I came across another optimistic juicer that I’d like to share today as well.
Your CNC Machine Future
Between the growth in newer technologies like 3d printing, the energy boom, and signs pointing to companies bringing their manufacturing back to America, it seems we’re sizing up for a manufacturing rebirth here in the US. That is good news for those of us in the CNC machining industry. Whether you own your own shop outfitted with a rag-tag mix of new or used CNC machines, or you’re managing a crew for a large manufacturer, the time to prepare is now.
Don’t get left behind and find yourself scrambling to update those used CNC machines: take an inventory of needed repairs, upgrades, and replacements, and get those replacement parts ordered.
Shop in disarray? No better time than now to take a look at your shop layout and workflow. Can things be better organized? Are you wasting valuable time in your process due to poor layout? Streamline your workflow now.
What type of work are you equipped to do? Do you have the ability to branch out, take on new clients and expand your production? What are these articles pointing to? Is it plausible to branch out into 3d printing? Do you have the skills and expertise on hand to make these types of transitions?
These are just a few of the questions I’ve been asking my own self as I keep my sight on the future of CNC manufacturing and what I can do to continue to expand and grow.
While it’s easy to get caught up with buzz words and hype, we certainly need to tread carefully. The news that continues to come in definitely points to better days ahead. I’m not one to advocate foolishness, but I also don’t like to be blind-sided either. Whether the manufacturing news is all hype, or good tidings of things to come, planning and preparation, maintenance and upkeep, will only serve you and your company for the better. So what do you think: is now the time to invest in new CNC machines and equipment, to prep our shops for a potential influx of business, or is it best to hold steady for the time being and see how things pan out? Share your thoughts in the comments below!