Even the "automated" factories that employ a large amount of pre-programmed technology to make parts to exacting specification might need custom CNC machining to help them. According to the Digitimes, Apple wants to devote even more technology to battery production throughout the course of this next year. If this proves to be true, it seems to be the company's attempt to try keep this item up to speed with its other manufacturing prospects.
But this attempt shouldn't overshadow the possible need for other outside professionals to lend their expertise to implementing successful changes in major factory settings. And since Apple has new product launches on the horizon, it might seem important for it to find the right solutions for business longevity sooner than later.
Because Apple's various models have to be appropriately styled and produced, the company needs trusted machinists to take charge of creating replacement parts for the robotic tools and other machines used in its manufacturing facilities.
The drive for automation will continue, if a story in Automation World is to be believed. This piece, written by Rod Elmery of a company called RedViking, looks at that company's attempt to design and build a "Portable Assembly Line" capable of maneuvering a workstation around a factory floor. This would be operated through a specified software system and is attempting to be both a safe and efficient addition to the plant.
Those last two factors are important, and the state-of-the-art precision that CNC machine services can provide you may also fit in nicely with your own attempts to stay current and test out the offerings of new technology.