Precision engineering methods have been at the heart of manufacturing for nearly 200 years, since the first mills were designed to offer a faster, more cost-effective way to create new products. This ‘Sustainable Revolution’ is witnessing a shift towards cleaner, renewable energy sources across the manufacturing sector, such as solar, wind, hydroelectric, and geothermal power.
A new generation of precision engineering technologies and design tools are playing a crucial part in this transformation – for instance by machining the complex components required in wind turbines. Let’s look at the different ways in which precision engineering can contribute to making manufacturing practices more sustainable and energy-efficient at every level of the supply chain.
An Innovative Approach
Innovation is one of the key benefits of precision engineering. Manufacturers can refine existing ideas to create new products and, with reverse engineering, a review of a component’s development can be completed to identify areas that need to be changed for optimum efficiency.
Precision engineering also ensures that products are viable and eliminates the need for producing multiple variants of the same design. Problems are identified early, and modifications implemented, so there is no unnecessary wastage of resources and energy, thus making less of a negative impact on the environment in the product development cycle.
All components produced for the renewable energy industry must be constructed with durability in mind. Precision engineering can ensure that every component is built-to-last, with robust quality control procedures ensuring products meet demanding specifications.
This is especially important for components that will be subjected to harsh conditions, such as offshore wind turbines. With precision engineering, you can be confident that every part is manufactured to withstand extreme stresses for a long-term, durable solution.
Creating The Most Intricate Parts Accurately
Components in the production of renewable energy are often highly complex, and many intricate parts are assembled to create mechanisms. Every component must meet exacting specifications and be incredibly accurate to function correctly.
Precision engineering, particularly CNC machining, eliminates the risk of human error and minimises tolerances, so each component works exactly as it is, no matter how demanding the application.
Rapid Mass production
The renewable energy industry is expanding rapidly in line with the changing political landscape and demand for positive action to reduce our dependency on fossil fuels. Components used in the green energy sector need to be produced rapidly and accurately to fulfil demanding project requirements.
CNC machining is especially useful in the mass production of parts and ensures that each component is identical to the last. Computerised technology also reduces the need for human intervention, so production can continue with minimal supervision overnight and during weekends to maximise output.
Get in touch with Hone-All for expert machining of all your renewable energy components today.
At Hone-All, we offer reliable CNC precision machining services for the renewable energy industry, with durability, accuracy, and speed our priorities. To request a free, no-obligation quotation for your green engineering project, get in touch here or call us on 01525 370666.