Due to their wide application, they are available in all sizes ranging from a small sized boring machine for cables to huge sized machines for tunnels. The smaller sizes are used to work on a lathe whereas the larger sizes work on boring mills.
Computer Numeric Control Boring Machines:
CNC (Computer Numeric Control) boring machines have automated the conventional drill press to carry out precise drilling operations more accurately and conveniently. Everything which was earlier done by an operator is now computerized through CNC machinery. A set of commands called codes are entered into the computer that helps in the efficient operations of these boring machines. As soon as these codes are set in the machine, the machine automatically completes the drilling operation.
Everything from placing the drill in the spindle and activating it, placing a work piece, machining the hole to turning off the spindle again is all done by the boring machines with the help of the instructions fed into them.
These tools have indeed made the drilling process faster and more accurate than was possible in the past. No wonder most of the manufacturing processes have now been made automated. They make the operations safer and simpler for the workers as well and reduce human error. This eventually means more value for the money, less time consumption and better results. The demand for automation has also increased the demand for more CNC programmers giving rise to more job opportunities in this field.
Tunnel Boring Machines:
Tunnel boring machines have replaced the drilling and blasting operations and also hand mining operations carried out in the past. The modern Tunnel Boring Machines (TBM) produces a smooth and more accurate tunnel without causing much disturbance in the surrounding areas. They have significantly reduced the cost, time and effort required in the drilling operations as compared to the past. Although they are expensive machines, the amount of efficiency and speed that they offer make them worth every penny spent on them. They play a significant role in modern tunnel projects, which are huge in scale and need to be carried out in the shortest time possible.
The boring machines have completely changed the way construction takes place in modern times. They have made the drilling of tunnels below the cities easy, which has led to the efficient metro, cable and sewage systems. These have also become safer options today. With the availability of a variety of options in boring machines, making the right choice becomes crucial for any project. Also, an experienced workforce is critical when such automatic and huge machines are to be used successfully.