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

The Importance of Air Movement in Metalworking Shops

Extreme temperature swings and high humidity resulted in severe condensation on aluminum sheet and coils at Metalwest, which was writing off $28,000 per year due to corrosion on the metal. The shop installed four 20 ft diameter overhead fans to help destratify the air for temperature regulation, condensation control and improved comfort.
Air movement is not new, but understanding how it can improve working conditions is bringing a wind of change to industrial facility design and management.

A New Wave of Metalworking Fluids

The metalworking fluid industry is already playing an essential role in Resource-Efficient Manufacturing (REM), which involves doing more with less and finding viable reuse and recycling technologies to conserve materials, meet stringent environmental targets, and increase operational competitiveness.
The strategy behind REM is introducing new approaches to metalworking fluids that are dramatically reducing resource use.

Lightweight Aluminum Strap Wrenches

These tools make it possible to turn any shape without scratching, denting, or crushing when loosening and tightening oddly-shaped and/or frozen fittings, machine and vehicle oil filters, small handwheels, PVC pipe, knurled fasteners and knobs, and turned shafts.
These new strap wrenches from Lowell make it possible to turn any shape without scratching, denting, or crushing.