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Many educators are upgrading their CNC education programs so that students are qualified operators by the time they complete their coursework.


have developed features and functions to address this concern. Modern CNC systems can be locked out to limit what the operator can do; this keeps the CNC running and avoids downtime. If the CNC must be powered down, more time is required before machining can be restarted—which slows down productivity. Te implementation of safety on a


CNC machine needs to be a simple and straightforward process with a specific function. Te most innovative func- tions, such as FANUC’s Dual Check Safety, provides safety for the operator and also protects the machine asset. So


an operator or maintenance person can work on machinery without turning off the power and still be assured of safety. Additionally, disabling the ability to


Products and technology that help less experienced workers increase part accuracy and productivity can help close the skills gap.


clear memory, operation history, offset tables and parameters are also very


important when working with inexperi- enced operators.


Wise Choices High-accuracy parts, lack of skilled


workers, easy-to-use programming and safety are all hot topics in the oil & gas industry today. Wisely choosing an in- novative CNC system is critical in order to address all of these issues. In addition to setting yourself up for success with an accurate and reliable CNC, also look past the CNC to the service and support team that backs up that CNC—the level of expertise of your CNC manufacturer can make or break you.


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