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.  

Automating the Factory Environment

Imagine whole-plant environmental automation data feeding smart control systems in your shop that respond in real time and learn over time to anticipate and respond to the needs of the humans in your shop – perhaps even better than the humans can. It’s time to start thinking about your environmental systems in a whole new way – or maybe stop thinking about them at all. After all, they’ll soon be able to take care of themselves. 
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

It Only Takes a Spark

Sparks may be unavoidable in your operations, but fires are not. Effective spark arrestance and fire suppressant technologies can dramatically reduce your potential fire risks. Here’s how.
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

Portable Electric Dust Collector for Small Shops

The Dustmaster 6,000 CFM Electric Dust Collector from Marco, with a two-piece design provides improved transport and gives flexibility on placement on small work sites.
Marco announces the release of the Dustmaster 6,000 CFM Electric Dust Collector, it features a reverse incline blade fan that is matched with a 15 horsepower Baldor electric motor.

One Tool for All Applications

With 13 double bits, the LiftUp 26one offers 26 of the most common drive profiles in one single tool. Its magazine, located inside the SoftFinish multi-component handle with roll-off protection, opens at the press of a button to provide a wide range of bits in a single hand tool that conserves space in the toolbox and lightens up the belt.
By selecting, removing, and returning bits at the touch of a button, the LiftUp 26one from Wiha holds 26 bits in one tool to save space, weight, and time.

Keeping Cool in the Heat of Change

CNC milling at work. Lightweighting has introduced tougher metals and more advanced, severe metalworking processes that have driven up the importance of cutting fluids on the speed and depth of the removal operation, the type of cutting tool being used, operator preference, and health and safety issues.
Automotive suppliers are searching for new metalworking fluids to help them reduce their manufacturing costs and improve the processing of tough new metals and alloys under stricter environmental regulations. Here are some of the latest products for them to consider.