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.  

Is Source Capture Enough? Looking at Ambient Options

You already have source capture systems in place for your welding operations. Do you also need an ambient air quality system? If your air isn’t as clean as it should be, you might want to consider it. 
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

Clean Air, Productivity and the Bottom Line

Poor concentration. High error rates. Absenteeism. Do your employees seem to have their heads in the clouds lately? 
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

Save Thousands with a Simple $30 Test

Most shops don’t think about machinery fluids and lubricants until they have a problem. Then the machine tool goes down, production is lost, parts fail . . . here’s how a little maintenance can go a long way.
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

Ball Screw Repair and Rebuild for Machine Tools

SKF introduces repair and rebuild capabilities for ball screws with dedicated service channel and full technical support.
Maintenance: Products

Air Flow Amplifiers Extract Dust and Fumes with No Moving Parts

Air Flow Amplifiers from Vortec extract smoke and debris to enhance safety, ergonomics and productivity by taking ordinary compressed air and safely amplifying it up to 60-fold with no moving parts in un-ducted applications. With adjustable airflow and output, they can be tailored to the project at hand. With no electrical requirements, they are easily mounted, ducted and moved wherever there is compressed air, quietly operating to meet OSHA noise requirements.
Vortec Air Flow Amplifiers available in multiple sizes can easily adapt from extraction and ventilation of fumes and gases to blow-off applications, such as drying of parts, cooling of moldings, castings, and food products.

All Clear

Ideal for turning, drilling, milling, roughing, grinding, broaching, honing, rolling, deep-drawing and pressing, the Handte Oil Expert oil mist collector from Camfil APC offers separation efficiencies up to 99.97 percent on 0.3 micron and larger particles, reliably handling ultra-fine, hard-to-capture oil mist and fume particles.
Indoor air quality in the workplace is the subject of much attention these days for good reason. Poor air quality inside fabrication and machine shops can profoundly affect employee health, comfort, and productivity. Here are some of the newest systems that can help to clear the air on your shop floor. 

Remove Ultra-Fine Mists and Fumes in Machining

Ideal for turning, drilling, milling, roughing, grinding, broaching, honing, rolling, deep-drawing and pressing, the Handte Oil Expert oil mist collector from Camfil APC offers separation efficiencies up to 99.97 percent on 0.3 micron and larger particles, reliably handling ultra-fine, hard-to-capture oil mist and fume particles. (view one)
The new Handte Oil Expert oil mist collector from Camfil Air Pollution Control can withstand the most challenging applications that utilize lubricant oils to cool machining operations, meeting even the stringent specifications of the automotive industry.