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.  

A Sticky Situation: Four Mistakes in Oil Mist Extraction

Coolants and lubricating fluids are essential to metalworking operations. But if they are allowed to accumulate in the air, they can become a significant health and safety hazard. What can you do to minimize your risks?
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

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.
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

How Borescopes Can Help Cut Machine Failure Costs

By using borescopes from PCE Instruments, manufacturers can identify changes indicative of a machine fault and take corrective action prior to critical machine failure.
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

Super Precise Robotic Grit Blaster

Designed for cellular manufacturing, the expanded RXS-400 Rotary-Index Twin Spindle machine utilizes a Fanuc M710 Robot that carries a bank of eight Guyson Model 900 guns mounted in a custom designed heavy duty cabinet with powered sliding door. The robot suit is custom designed to accommodate the ultimate in abrasion protection and freedom of movement, reducing the possibility of robot faults due to the suit binding on the arm. (first view)
This robotic grit blaster uses an RXS-400 Rotary-Index Twin Spindle machine from Guyson for its operating platform.

High Speed Door for Safe, Fast Cycle Times in Clean Rooms

The LiteSpeed Clean door can maintain room-to-room pressure differentials of up to 0.2 InWC with its tight seal. Its roll-up design translates into a peak operating speed of 65 in per second and a smaller physical footprint.
Made from a tough PVC vinyl curtain, the LiteSpeed Clean high speed door from Rite Hite has a tapered design that uses non-exposed fasteners, making it more resistant to collecting dust than flat surfaces and easier to clean.

Plug-n-Play Cartridge Dust Collector Cleans Air When Welding, Plasma & Laser Cutting

The touchscreen controller on the DustHog Plug-n-Play cartridge dust collector simplifies operation and maintenance, plus the Auto Flow option measures airflow and automatically adjusts the fan speed to maintain a specified target airflow as the process or filter pressure drop changes. The PNP is powered with the ProTura DH nanofiber filter media that is highly efficient (MERV 15) and capable of capturing respirable, submicron particulate. These filters feature surface loading technology which reduces compressed air consumption during filter cleaning therefore extending filter life, a benefit shops won’t find with others filters.
The high performance DustHog PNP cartridge dust collector from ClarCor reduces installation and service time while collecting dust and fumes to save energy and operating costs.