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 HVLS Fans and Curtain Walls Improve Indoor Air Quality

The containment of dust and other air particulates generated by cutting, grinding and welding is one of the biggest quality and safety challenges in the metalworking industry. Problems caused by in-plant dust/particulates are a dangerous issue to ignore, so here are two cost effective ways to address them.
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.

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

Ultrasonic Cleaning 101

As the proven advantages of ultrasonic cleaning grow, especially for 3D printed parts, this white paper from Omegasonics becomes a valuable tool for shops wanting to understand the technology and how it works.
Industrial Cleaning/Waste Removal


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.

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

Integrated Drives Revolutionize Vertical Lathe Versatility

When meshed with a drive gear, the two reducers on TwinDrive and DualDrive cancel 100 percent of backlash to guarantee exceptional accuracy and momentum on linear rack-and-pinion systems. These high-speed reducers have been hardened in spindle gearboxes to allow continuous operating cycles and meet the specific requirements of rotary tables. As a result, high-speed TwinDrive and DualDrive units can achieve rotational speeds of up to 28 rpm-1. 
New high speed drives simplify the mechanical transmission systems of large rotary tables used on vertical lathes and smaller tables used on milling machines, improving machine accuracy and allowing smaller machine footprints.

World’s Toughest LED Fixture

Booth S-4179: The brilliant, long-lasting Big Ass Light High Bay LED light fixture from Big Ass Solutions is made of stamped sheet metal and robustly constructed to withstand even the toughest environments. With ribbed fins that increase its surface area, the entire structure acts as a heat sink that quickly dissipates heat that can shorten the lifespan of LEDs and ensures the fixture stays brighter for longer.
The brilliant, long-lasting High Bay LED light fixture from BAS Light is ideal for harsh industrial environments.

Revolutionary Air Filtration System

Intellivent General Ventilation Manual Clean (GVMC) Dust Collectors from IVEC Systems maximize energy efficiency for a wide array of industrial applications by providing clean air with the lowest overall cost of ownership. 
IVEC Systems launches its new line of Intellivent dust collectors, equipment that is powered by IVEC intelligent controls to provide clean air at the lowest overall cost of ownership.