Machine Shop Excellence

Optimise processes and ensure end-to-end efficiency with smart manufacturing workflows for the machine shop.

A top down view of a Machine Shop

Competing in a challenging market

Machine shops typically manufacture components and assemblies based on the design provided by their customers. Machine shops typically belong to tier 1, tier 2 and tier 3 suppliers of OEMs and serve various industry verticals including automotive, aerospace, industrial equipment, electronics, oil and gas, medical and consumer products. The key challenges faced by machine shops are:

  • Optimising raw material cost 
  • Optimising manufacturing cycle times
  • Accommodating changes in design from the customer
  • Ensuring first time right manufacture every time and minimising rejection and rework
  • Ensuring smooth execution of manufacturing activities to meet the delivery date for the end customer
  • Ensuring the quality of the finished product irrespective of operators’ skill levels
  • Optimising the overall product and project cost

Hexagon’s machine shop solutions address these challenges at each stage of the workflow from enquiry to dispatch using a smart manufacturing approach based on various Hexagon products.

Smart-manufacturing-workflow

Smart manufacturing workflow

The smart manufacturing workflow for a machine shop involves several stages:

  1. Planning and quoting
  2. Preparation for manufacturing
  3. Machine programming
  4. Process certification
  5. Manufacturing 
  6. On-machine measurement
  7. Quality inspection
  8. Data analytics
  9. Feedback to manufacturing

This sequential process is supported by ongoing activities and enabling technologies throughout:

  • Digital twin and artificial intelligence
  • Calibration
  • Resource management
  • Maintenance repair and operations

Key benefits

Hexagon’s machine shop solutions provide key benefits including:

  • Optimisation of raw material 
  • Optimisation of manufacturing cycle times
  • Better resource utilisation for equipment and operators
  • Integrated workflow for ease of use and faster training
  • Minimisation of rejection and rework during manufacturing through feedback loop
  • Better control over the quality of the product
  • Optimisation of overall product and project cost
  • Faster time to market, ensuring on-time deliveries to the end customer

Explore how smart manufacturing technology supports each stage of the process.

Machine shop solutions brochure