How can the CNC machining service industry achieve sustainable development?

Nowadays, all walks of life are pursuing sustainable development, from Fisheries, Furniture to Energy and Construction.

In fact, from a narrower perspective, the CNC machining service industry has also been pursuing some form of sustainability.
Throughout history, manufacturers have been trying to find ways to make the CNC machining process more efficient and cost-effective, including the continuous development of advanced and sophisticated production machinery, improved cutting tools, and optimization of the entire cutting system. Specific strategies include high-speed machining, high-feed machining, high-performance machining, and digital machining.

A recently proposed sustainable machining plan aims to reduce the consumption of raw materials, energy use and waste generation throughout the product life cycle, so that it can at least reach a level that is balanced with the earth’s carrying capacity. Usually, discussions on sustainability focus on macro-global environmental issues, while ignoring basic elements such as price, cost, customer satisfaction, process knowledge, and reliability. When it comes to the sustainability of machining, true success begins with simple, straightforward steps and analysis.

Economic sustainability includes many aspects (sustainable pricing, invisible costs, customer satisfaction, waste and measurement, compensation and sustainability, reliable processing technology, reduction of energy consumption, and maximum efficiency), but in general In other words, these components are fundamental and straightforward. Most importantly, economic sustainability means that manufacturers need to realistically and accurately assess waste in all aspects of the production process and take reasonable countermeasures.
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01. Sustainable Pricing
Making sustainable prices for goods or services is a challenge that every business faces. The price must be sufficient to cover costs and generate profits, but must attract customers in market competition. If the customer thinks the product is value for money, the manufacturer has room to set a higher price.
On the other hand, if pressure from customers and competitors leads to under pricing, profit margins will be affected. When the price is lower than the production cost, it will cause losses. If competitive pressure makes prices too low, then product designers and processors must find cheaper, faster, and better production methods to cut production costs and maintain sustainable profit margins.

02 Customer Satisfaction   
Customer satisfaction is a key element of sustainable economic development. What customers care about is when the order will be delivered. In the minds of customers, the “delivery time” is calculated from the time the order is placed. And the delivery time is more than just production time. If it takes three weeks to process a part, but two weeks before and after the management activities, the workshop must frankly inform the customer that the delivery time is five weeks. Metal cutting equipment suppliers, including Seco Tools, provide tool inventory management, tool identification and machine tool monitoring systems that enable workshop personnel to track customer operations and maximize workshop capacity to meet delivery targets and maintain customer satisfaction.

03 Reliable processing technology
Sustainable processing is reliable and predictable, and can minimize energy waste. Unreliable processes can lead to rework or scrapping of parts, as well as waste of raw materials, energy and labor due to unqualified products.
For a long time, CNC machining manufacturers have pursued economic sustainability by processing high-quality products with competitive prices to support and maintain their business development.