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.  

No Disruption Allowed

Take a look at how Fiat Powertrain upgraded the CNC systems of 20 key machine tools used on the crankshaft and cylinder block production lines of its engine manufacturing plant in Campo Largo, Brazil, without interrupting operations.
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

The Whos, Whens, Whys and Hows of Preventive Robitic 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

Breakthrough in Industrial Air Recyling

Do you work with oversized work pieces? Space limitations? Material handling issues? Intermittent needs? Mobility? DuroPure from Duroair Technologies is an innovative, compliant solution to purify the shop air surrounding your employees.
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

Why Aren’t More Manufacturers Using Minimum Quantity Lubrication?

While the idea of sustainability is becoming better defined and understood, many manufacturers are still not taking the necessary steps to implement newer proven technologies that foster sustainability. Why?
Machine Tool Repair and Rebuilds

The Art of the Machine Tool Rebuild

An advanced CNC retrofit package gives a new lease of life to hob sharpeners by doubling accuracy and immensely increases machine productivity.
Software

The Modern Day Crystal Ball

Predicting maintenance requirements is one of the most important benefits of advanced analytics. In the face of a hyper-competitive global economy, the smart use of predictive analytics may be the differentiating factor that sets one fabricator apart from the countless others.
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

Taken to the Cleaners

The CleanBox Flow parts washer system from Walter Surface Technologies consists of a sink and flow-through cleaning brush, a basin and heavy duty pump that circulates powerful Bio-Circle CB 100 water-based solvent through heavy oils, greases and contaminants to quickly and easily remove hardened greases, oils, and residues on small to medium industrial parts. Its heavy duty construction and ergonomic design withstands rugged manufacturing environments.
Here are some innovative industrial parts washing systems that effectively eliminate the manual aspect of cleaning so that your shop can reduce costs and increase profit.

Maintenance Showcase One

Some of the newest metalworking fluids provide up to four to five times longer sump life, up to 40 percent improved tool life, increased productivity, excellent rancidity control and greatly reduced concentrate usage that is operator friendly. (Photo courtesy of CIMCOOL)
Our first review of some of the latest coolants, lubricants and metalworking fluids used in machining and fabrication operations.

Maintenance Showcase Two

The Walter Valenite ValCOOL® cutting fluid catalog includes a table for resolving coolant/machining problems, a guide for fluid maintenance, packaging options, and a glossary of coolant terms as they relate to machining operations.
Our second review of some of the latest coolants, lubricants and metalworking fluids used in machining and fabrication operations.