Maintenance

Tools, actions and systems used to retain and upkeep, repair, overhaul and restore any mechanical, hydraulic, electrical and pneumatic machinery or other devices to a state in which they can perform their required routine functions to a desired specification without becoming out of order, breaking down or failing.  

Fine Filtration: The Missing Link to Tool Manufacturing

Jongen installed advanced fine filtration systems from Vomat that provide temperature-controlled clean oil for insert production and tool cutting.
Experts
Compressed Air

The Cost, Common Culprits, Detection and Repair of Compressed Air System Leaks

An ongoing leak detection audit and repair program will quickly pay for itself through energy savings (and may even be subsidized by local utility incentive programs). Equally important, you will likely see benefits from reduced downtime and better running production equipment. All of these contribute to a stronger bottom line.
Computerized Maintenance Management Systems

The Maintenance Platform of the Future

For shops that have operated the same way for 50 years and don't really know where to start a predictive maintenance program or where to focus PDM for competitive advantages in the future, Tom Hoenig of GTI Spindle Technology shares some critical insights into starting up and sustaining an effective system using the latest technology and devices.
Filters

Clean Grinding Oils Increase Quality, Decrease Cost

This modular micro-filtration system with Vomat FA-series high-performance filter technology is a critical part of any metal processing operation.
Hand Tools

What You Must Know About Preventive Robotic MIG Gun Maintenance

The robotic MIG gun and its consumables are frequently overlooked components in the system, but this maintenance primer from Tregaskiss shows that they are relatively easy to maintain and, by doing so, can positively contribute to the efficiency of the entire welding operation.
Indoor Air Quality

What’s the True Cost of Clean Air?

You know the price of your ventilation or dust collection equipment, but do you really understand all of the ongoing expenses involved in maintaining indoor air quality for your shop? Time for a sanity check.
Industrial Cleaning/Waste Removal

PROPER CARE AND MAINTENANCE

Even though a machine tool spindle is a high-precision machine component, more often than not it is handled carelessly, forced to perform well beyond design limitations, or otherwise abused to the breaking point. Ed Zitney of SKF Machine Tool Services shows how proper care and maintenance can make all the difference in both its operation and longevity in service.
Lubricants, Coolants, Metalworking Fluids

Let the Good Parts Roll

Through less downtime replacing fluid, less wear and fewer tool replacements, this breakthrough fluid formulation helps machines produce more parts and generate higher revenue over the life of the equipment.
Machine Tool Repair and Rebuilds

Survival of the Fittest

The rapidly evolving business climate for machine tool retrofitting is impacting production economics and creating retrofit business opportunities in large OEM production departments and job shop machine tool sectors alike.
Software

Rethinking Power Transmission

A new grid is being assembled to transmit power as well as information through the air, without wires. Chris Mims of WSJ examines how this could unlock an age of wonders.
Spindle Repair and Rebuilds

Take a Virtual Tour of Gilman Precision

Take a ‘walk’ around their shop, learn about their machines and in-house capabilities.
Maintenance: Products

Economical Recovery of Materials Removed from Carbide Grinding Processes

HydroFlow Centrifuge Filter Systems from Eriez. The standard centrifuge product line consists of many combinations of centrifuge models, tank sizes and pump pressures. These systems are often combined with high capacity cartridge filters to polish the fluid and remove fines below the limit of the centrifuge alone.
Used most commonly for all types of carbide grinding, HydroFlow Centrifuge Filter systems from Eriez, are also an ideal choice for tool and cutter grinding, glass and ceramic grinding, honing and microfinishing oil, vibratory finishing and wire drawing.

Heavy Duty Bi-Metal Fluid for Automotive Honing

Free of boron, formaldehyde releasing agents, secondary amines, chlorine, phenols, and nitrites, HOCUT 4650 from Houghton has an excellent EHS profile that is compliant with all global chemical regulatory programs.

Lubricity Additive Improves Machining of New Metal Alloys

The AltaLUB 5300 lubricity additive from Ingevity uses fatty acid chemistry that is ideal in metalworking applications where precision matters most.