CNC Revision Control is overlooked on the shop floor. Raw material and time are wasted when old programs run at machines.
“Revision control is the management of modifications done to software applications, sites, documents or any set of information,”
Modern Machine Shop columnist Wayne Chaneski says evaluating shop floor programs is crucial for success.
“It is hard to know if a process needs to be fixed if it is not being followed as intended…valid processes that have veered off course may require additional employee training or better communication of expectations.”
So what is a huge issue to resolve, according to Chaneski? “Instances of different computer numerical control (CNC) programs for the same part with the same revision code.”
Before retiring from Buck Knives, Shop Floor Automations customer Lee said this was a daily battle. Because of issues with programs, it was a productivity roadblock.
“We had programs pretty much stored everywhere,” he said. “What we needed to do was lock down the programs,” Lee stated. Buck Knives resolved their issues, and they weren’t alone.
“We were trying to control over 8000 programs, revision levels, and updates,” says Wayne of Carrol Machine.
Revision control helps the shop minimize the time and mistakes of manual program management. Revision control also allows for grabbing programs from the right directories.
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