When you evaluate CNC machine tools to determine which would best suit your needs, there are surely countless factors that will affect your buying decision. Rapid rates, axis travels, spindle horsepower and cutting tool capacity are but a few of the many criteria that will help you determine whether a given machine will do what you need it to do—based on the price you are willing to pay.
Once you make the buying decision, you likely set about ensuring that the machine will hit the floor running. You order cutting tool components, workholding, accessories, fluids and anything else you will need once the new machine is delivered. The following are five considerations that tend to get overlooked in a new machine installation, however. While they would probably not affect your decision to buy a given machine, they can have a big impact on long-term machine utilization.