What Are The Most Common Mistakes In Using CNC Lathes?

The CNC machining process can be an effective way to create products. It allows for a sequence of events recorded in a CNC program, which guides all the machinery’s movements and works in an automated way.

However, when programming, your team of responsible professionals needs to be on the lookout to avoid some common mistakes. We explain what these problems are and how to avoid them.

  1. Typing Errors

When entering code, the most common mistake made with a CNC lathe is a simple spelling or syntax error. Although most modern lathes have mechanisms that prevent breakdowns, a simple detail like this can slow down the entire production chain, damaging your equipment.

  1. Inappropriate Maintenance

It is essential to have a team of highly qualified professionals to repair and maintain your CNC lathe or milling machine (เครื่อง มิ ล ลิ่ ง which is the term in Thai). Therefore, specialists in this type of equipment are capable of solving any problem quickly and with 100% excellence. Have a preventive maintenance schedule always up to date, including services that improve equipment performance, such as:

  • lubrication of moving parts;
  • checking and replenishing fluid levels;
  • extraction or replacement of filters.
  1. Know Your Material

Remember to ensure that you are using a suitable setup and lathe for the type of metal in question. With very hard metals, your lathe may not be able to work, as is the case with cast iron. Know the model and specifications of each piece of equipment before programming.

The care and dedication of your team are essential at this time, but you also need to have a partner by your side to assist you in cases of predictive, preventive, or corrective maintenance. CNC machine operators must follow safety precautions, just like in any industrial environment. Although this type of machine is usually closed, there are still dangers that must be respected following safety regulations. Safety glasses, proper clothing, and ear protectors are essential for a good quality of life for the professional.


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