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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.  

How to Use Dust Collection to Comply with OSHA’s Beryllium Standard

Job shops and other metalworking facilities affected by this standard must comply with most of the requirements by March 12, 2018 – they have less than two years to provide any required change rooms and showers and three years to implement engineering controls. Here’s why dust, mist and fume collectors are the best strategy to protect workers from the devastating pulmonary diseases associated with beryllium exposure.
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

Ready for the Rebound

In the ultra-competitive oil and gas industry, this equipment provider weathers all business climates by minimizing waste and optimizing operations with cloud-based shop floor management software that seamlessly connects and monitors all of their manufacturing assets.
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

Millennials in Manufacturing: Recruiting, Retention and the Factory Environment

If you work in a manufacturing environment, chances are when you come to work you see lots of grey hair. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, more than half of skilled manufacturing workers are now 55 and older – and getting closer to retirement every day.
Industrial Cleaning/Waste Removal

Service Training and Instruction in Virtual Space

Take a look at how Durr Ecoclean uses VR technology to efficiently train service technicians around the world on maintenance of the Scara manipulator used in their EcoCFlex 3 flexible cleaning cell.
Lubricants, Coolants, Metalworking Fluids

Proteins: A Cutting Edge Clean Technology Additive for Metalworking Fluids

How can a shop reduce their operating costs when they face the challenges of machining difficult-to-cut metals and temperature-resistant super alloys, improving employee safety, and being more environmentally friendly? One solution lies in proteins . . . yes, that’s right, proteins.
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

MQL Systems for Shops that are Tired of Dealing with Coolant

Ideal for the near-dry machining of steel, stainless, titanium, Inconel, tungsten and more, the compact, highly durable and modular Miquel pump from DropsA can be retrofitted to a machine tool’s existing coolant piping and mixed and matched with a compensation valve, independent solenoid control or both to optimize MQL for wide range of lubrication requirements.

Advances in Ultrasonic Cleaning of 3D Prototype Parts

The new Matrix 9000 Mark II ultrasonic generator from Omegasonics removes 20 percent of power board components with a single board that eliminates the variant frequencies of two power boards and runs at a cooler operating temperature by generating less heat for more reliability.

Cutting, Cleaning and Recycling Expertise

SC Industrial offers their DoALL Continental Series DC-280NC Column Band Saw, the small easy-to-install Klean King oil skimming device, and the SC Green Recycling Program, an effortless way to repurpose used or damaged cutting tools.
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