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94 • March 2017 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S ARCHITECTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL Ged Lodge is an applica- tion engineer for AXYZ International and is based in the United Kingdom. He spends much of his time testing materials clients may want to use with a CNC router—helping them to determine the right tool and the correct feeds and speeds to use. For more information, please visit www.axyz.com. Common Mistakes to Avoid When Using CNC Router Technology Best advice: Make sure that your CNC router operators are all fully trained B Y G E D L O D G E Proper training is crucial. A well-trained operator is much better able to narrow down any issues that arise on the shop floor. M any shops are using CNC router technology to offer customers high-value repeatability, first-rate quality and quicker turnaround times when producing their cus- tomized signs. And like any other tool, a CNC router works better when the operators are fully trained to use it—both on the front end when it is being programmed for the cor- rect router or knife path, and in production on the shop floor when the end product is being created. However, the CNC router is a complex piece of equipment, and operators can sometimes run into snags, especially those who are new to the machine. Avoiding Pitfalls for Maximized Productivity Here are five of the most common pitfalls that operators run into. When properly addressed these problems go away, ensuring maximize productivity and efficiency.