Automating the manufacturing process is about increasing capacity without increasing headcount, by taking labour cycles our of the design or production processes. Using a combination of software integration skills and unique software platforms, like product configurators (CustomX and Configurator360), cloud based solutions (Fusion360) and integrated CAM software (Hypermill and Autodesk CAM) we have a powerful solutions set the can increase efficiency throughout the manufacturing workflow.
A simple web form can be used to create models, quotes, manufacturing drawings, bills of material and even generate NC machine code at the touch of a button. In some instances, through the use of feature recognition in the rules based engineer and integrated CAM packages it is even possible to generate NC machine code to drive, 2.5D, 3 axis and 5 axis machines to automatically manufacture the products. This can dramatically reduce the level of technical skills needed to drive the CNC machines, often a prohibitive factor in manufacturing companies being able to scale the use of expensive machinery or expand the capacity in their workshops.
Productivity in manufacturing has always been an area of concern and by bringing in automation, Man and Machine hopes the industry would benefit in terms of efficiency, helping to lower production costs and being more commercially competitive. UK manufacturing contributes 25% to UK GDP and improvements in automation, use of information technology and investment in R&D are critical to continuous production improvements for the industry.