The scope of industrial manufacturing encompasses many different industries. Nearly everything in use today associates in one way or another with industrial manufacturing. Industrial manufacturers make everything from the smallest fasteners and tools to the largest aerospace components.

Modern technology depends on industrial manufacturing to supply many essentials. These manufacturers, in turn, rely on their vendors to deliver critical components, such as precision-built parts using CNC machining technology. Without the skills and experience of domestic, North American, regional machine shops like Plethora, the productive capabilities of industrial manufacturing would have major limitations. The following includes some of the different industries CNC machining supports and information on Plethora’s precision fabrication services.

Industrial Manufacturing: Precision Parts Carefully Machined for Each Need 

Every industry requires precisely built parts, and industrial manufacturers often rely on CNC machining precision to supply those needs. Machine shops use a combination of CNC mills and lathes to fabricate prototype parts or mass-produce thousands for a production run. CNC machining represents the ideal production method for both needs due to its ability to build accurate, high-quality parts from computer models quickly. 

Some industries relying on CNC manufacturing include:

 


Food Production

This industry requires precision parts for specially made processing equipment, containers, harvesting tools, and vehicles:


  • Transmission components and housings
  • Automated food handling parts
  • Processing tools and mechanisms

 

Medical

Medical care today uses specialized surgical and diagnostic equipment, prosthetics, and the following:


  • Custom packaging for sterility
  • Implants and orthotic devices
  • Heat-resistant plastic medical equipment and precision instruments
  • Hospital care equipment

 


Pharmaceutical

The pharmaceutical industry relies on high-quality processing systems and automated laboratory equipment that incorporate the following:


  • Centrifuges, cooling towers, dryers, and granulators
  • Capsuling equipment
  • Inspection equipment
  • Coating machines

 


Energy

To harvest the different types of energy in use today requires these specialized components for solar, wind, oil, and gas equipment:


  • Wind turbine blades and associated gearbox parts and rotors
  • Hydroelectric impellers and connecting mechanisms
  • Frames, rails, and other support structures

 


Transportation

To keep the world on the move requires continual development in the automotive, marine, railroad, and aircraft fields with the following high-quality parts:


  • Control panels and seat frames
  • Fuel delivery systems and engine components
  • Landing gear and hydraulic systems

 

Construction and Heavy Equipment

These industries require large yet precisely built machinery and processing systems that include:


  • Engines, starter motors, and generators
  • Control and reporting systems
  • Pumps, drive housings, and robotic components

 


Electronics

Electronic assembly incorporates different mechanical and semiconductor components in the production of printed circuit boards that also include:


  • Heat sinks and fans
  • Stiffener bars, support brackets, and card cages
  • Human interfaces including switches, connectors, and panels

 


Military

The military industry is involved in many of these technologies and requires precision parts used by the department of defense.


  • Spare parts for field readiness
  • Unmanned aviation and related infrastructure
  • To learn more about precision CNC machined parts for the military, click here.



      

From Prototype to Production: Meeting the Need with Precision CNC Machining

CNC machining is a subtractive manufacturing process, which means that a programmed tool removes material to form the required part. Machinists set up the CNC mills and lathes used in this process, which offer high accuracy and precision in building single or multiple parts. At Plethora, we have a variety of equipment and tools used for CNC machining, and we can work with a wide range of materials and surface finishes to produce the desired effect. The following includes some further details on how we will fabricate parts:

CNC Milling

CNC mills use rotating tools to cut paths and drill holes in a stationary workpiece to form parts such as a gearbox housing. Depending on the mill used, the cutting tool applies different angles to the workpiece. To learn more about CNC milling, click here.

CNC Turning

CNC lathes use a stationary cutting tool to shave material from a rotating workpiece, creating cylindrical parts such as shafts. Lathes usually have a drill that bores through the center of the workpiece, and many shops configure lathes with a milling head for versatility. To learn more about CNC turning, click here.

Materials

Customers can choose between a wide range of materials for manufacturing their parts with CNC machining. These include anything from soft plastics to hardened steel. To learn more about the materials available for machining at Plethora, click here.

Surface Finishes

Once a machine shop completes a part, they can apply a surface finish. Not only do these finishes enhance the aesthetics of the part, but they provide valuable protection from harsh environments. To learn more about the different surface finishes we offer at Plethora, click here.

Prototype to Production

At Plethora, we have experience building both prototype parts and full production parts. Additionally, we regularly collaborate with our customers in transitioning from prototype to full production. For more information on prototype development and scaling to full production, click here.