Canadian manufacturing continues its slow, but steady, growth. Shop Metalworking Technology, the premier magazine for Canadian metal works and manufacturing industries, says that new export orders went up to 54.5 percent this December, compared to October’s 51.3 percent, thanks to gains made in the U.S. economy and the Canadian dollar. Industry experts are convinced that this growth will persist throughout the rest of 2014, and perhaps the first quarter of next year.
This is good news for Canada’s economy, since machine tool exports to the U.S. (its main customer) have been down since 2012; only coming in at 191.1 million USD as opposed to 266.2 million USD in 2011. Of course, this means that factories and manufacturing plants all over the country will be spurred to greater peaks of activity in order to meet their higher production demands. This, in turn, would mean a greater need for metal parts to keep their machines running in good order. Central Machine and Marine, a reputable machine shop in Ontario, can lend these industries a hand by supplying them with huge quantities of components in short time, made possible thanks to a process called CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machining.
As the name suggests, this process basically automates many of the tasks involved in manufacturing, from drilling holes to fabricating metal parts, using computers and CNC machines. These machines can be programmed to work faster or to perform different tasks at once, which helps in reducing production time and costs. While it’s mainly applied in the metal industry, CNC is also used in woodworking, electrical, and other industries.
CNC machining is a boon to Canadian manufacturing because it reduces the need for human operators, thereby saving costs and reducing the chances of accidents. In addition, CNC machines are guaranteed to produce identical results throughout the manufacturing process, thus ensuring that all metal parts being created, such as rings, wheels, and valves, are standardized and interchangeable. The latter benefit is especially important in today’s economy where the need for uniform components is higher than ever.
Working with a CNC machine shop is perhaps the only way for metal works and manufacturing plants in Canada to keep up with this greater demand.
(Source: Manufacturing steady in Canada: RBC PMI stats, Shop Metalworking Technology, December 1, 2012)