The first step in evaluating your cutting needs is to have a clear understanding of your short-term and long-term business goals. No one wants to make the mistake of spending tens of thousands of dollars on a critical piece of equipment that isn’t up to the job, or becomes outdated soon after purchase. Ideally, your cutting system will be able to keep up with a growing and changing business – an investment that meets your present needs, and also allows you to confidently prepare for the future.
Here are some questions to ask when assessing your cutting needs:
- What are your cut quality and part tolerance requirements?
- What type and thickness do you need to cut?
- What is your productivity requirement? How many parts per day, feet per shift, etc. do you need to complete?
- What is your target operating cost?
- Do you need to reduce energy consumption or achieve other environmental goals?
- What are your safety requirements?
- How much manufacturing flexibility will you require?
- Do you expect to bring outsourced work back in-house?