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.  

A Sticky Situation: Four Mistakes in Oil Mist Extraction

Coolants and lubricating fluids are essential to metalworking operations. But if they are allowed to accumulate in the air, they can become a significant health and safety hazard. What can you do to minimize your risks?
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

How Clean is Clean Enough? Evaluating Air Quality

Is your shop clean enough to fabricate components for medical devices? A proper diagnosis is necessary to solving an OSHA or FDA particulate problem. But before installing an air quality remedy, it helps to know your current particulate levels, exposure profile and airflow patterns. Let’s take a closer look at this evaluation process.
Industrial Cleaning/Waste Removal

Fine Filtration: The Missing Link to Tool Manufacturing

Jongen installed advanced fine filtration systems from Vomat that provide temperature-controlled clean oil for insert production and tool cutting.
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

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

Multi-Purpose Fluid for Both Machining and Grinding

CIMPULSE 49MP from Milacron is ideal for turning, drilling, milling, reaming, boring, tapping, and grinding most metals.

Protect Employees Against Fine Dust During Cutting Processes

The PlasmaFil Compact extraction system provides an extraction performance from 2,500 m³/h up to 11,000 m³/h. Its filtration technology is in a position to separate more than 99 percent of captured hazardous materials. It even separates the majority of ultra-fine dust particles.
The innovative plate filter technology in the PlasmaFil Compact extraction system from Kemper is ideal for automatically cleaning hazardous substances from combustion and plasma cutting applications.

Strategies for Tomorrow’s Smart Factories

Booth S-8754: Live Remote Assistance from GF Machining Solutions allows customer-authorized remote diagnostics and inspection assistance to be conducted by either a field technician or the manufacturer using the system via the connection of the machine in the shop to a local GF Machining Solutions diagnostics center in real time.
In line with Industry 4.0, the rConnect central communications platform from GF Machining Solutions provides one more step toward the elimination of process downtime, improved machine performance and fully predictive manufacturing process and product quality.