The Importance of Training Your Machine Operator

Without proper training, the quality of your products may suffer.

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It’s finally here – your brand new, shiny CNC router machine. Images of intricately designed signage may get you so excited that the last thing you want to think about is a long training process that delays your creative process. But without proper training, your projects suffer in quality, cut, and finish; and lack of safety training may lead to dire circumstances. You don’t want this to happen to you.

There’s no question about the importance of training to eliminate serious injuries. Understanding your CNC router’s safety rules and guidelines, in addition to maintaining the required operational logs and records, can keep employees safe and operating at high efficiency. Safety labels are an integral part of this process. Make sure your machine operators understand what those symbols mean before you turn your machine on. This is a necessary part of your training and obligation to the safety of yourself and your employees.

During the onsite training sessions, take this opportunity to run real production jobs together with your trainer, using the right materials required for your business. Training on a CNC router needs to be customized according to your unique environment, so prepare well in advance of the start date.

Employees get sick, they go on vacation, or may leave the company for other opportunities. Make sure there is a backup plan, so that even those not directly responsible for programming or operating a CNC router can step in without missing a beat. Remember, downtime or loss of productivity impacts the bottom line. A machine that’s not cutting is not generating income.

-Susan Mattine, AXYZ International

Susan Mattine

Susan Mattine

Susan Mattine is the communications and PR associate for the AXYZ Automation Group, a global manufacturer of tailored cutting solutions. She can be reached at [email protected]

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