Turning with CNC lathes

At Dawson Shanahan, we use advanced CNC lathe technology to perform turning operations. In this process, unwanted material is removed from a workpiece by rotating it against a cutting tool. Fast, economic and accurate, CNC lathes are an integral part of the high quality and professional precision engineering service that we offer.


Why CNC?

In a conventional lathe, an operator manually controls all the movements. While historically this has enabled parts to be manufactured to the standard required, in today’s market, which demands high volumes and fast turnaround times, it’s no longer the most efficient option for producing components.


Enter CNC machining. CNC stands for Computerised Numerical Control, which allows lathe machines to be controlled by a computer and operated automatically with minimal attention from an operator.


The benefits to you

Opting for CNC lathes instead of traditional alternatives – or a different, less effective manufacturing component method – enables us to provide our customers with a number of important benefits, including:


Consistency – We fully understand the need for our components to be consistently produced to a high standard. Due to the complexity of the turning process this is almost impossible in a manual lathe, even when operated by a highly experienced engineer. A CNC lathe eliminates this issue. Parts machined using a CNC lathe are identical, so customers experience the same level of consistency from each and every one of their components.


Accuracy – Much like consistency, the accuracy of parts produced in a manual lathe can vary considerably. A CNC lathe, however, follows the exact same instructions and cutting path each time to ensure parts are exactly the same.


Turnaround time – CNC lathes speed up the turning process significantly. While high accuracy is possible on a manual lathe with careful measuring and cutting, the process takes a long time and requires a lot of attention. A CNC lathe makes the process much quicker and easier, cutting highly accurate pieces faster than a manual operator can. This means we can supply customers with their components much sooner than most.


Volume – Since our CNC lathes allow us to manufacture components quicker, we’re also able to produce greater volumes to satisfy both small and large orders. They can operate 24 hours a day, 365 days per year – so you’ll always have the parts you need, when you want them.


Production costs – Since the time required for our engineers to be operating our lathes is cut through using CNC, our production costs are much lower than those who continue to operate manually. These cost savings are passed on, so you benefit from a more budget-friendly production process.


We have a wide range of CNC lathes, enabling us to produce almost any component required by customers. Check out our plant list for a full itemisation of the CNC machining equipment we own.