Spindle Repair and Rebuilds

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Spindle Repair and Rebuilds: Articles

Early Detection of Spindle Problems

The SKF Spindle Assessment Kit from SKF USA includes three programs: spindle test module, balancing module (for fine tuning), and RUCD (Run Up Coast Down) module (to test resonance frequency).  The spindle test module provides nine condition tests: imbalance and balancing (vibration), bearing condition (vibration), mechanical condition (vibration), resonance frequency, speed accuracy, belt tension, tool nose run out, EM distance, and clamp force.  
Installed in the spindle of the machine tool, the Spindle Assessment Kit from SKF USA validates vibration, thermal behavior, running accuracy, natural frequency and other performance indicators.

Ball Screw Repair and Rebuild for Machine Tools

SKF services for the repair and rebuilding of ball screw assemblies include free inspection and analysis, comprehensive failure analysis and reporting, reverse engineering, replacement parts, plating, end journal repair, and shaft machining, among others.  Emergency service is available with expedited turnaround and on-site field service can be arranged when requested. 
SKF introduces repair and rebuild capabilities for ball screws with dedicated service channel and full technical support.

Spindle Repair: The New Way to Save Money

The humid atmosphere created in many machines, especially closed-type ones, further contributes to contamination. When the spindle is operating, its temperature is hot, and when the spindle is stopped it begins to cool, causing a “chimney effect” to occur that wants to suck in all the warm humid air into the spindle and bearings. (first view)
If a spindle on one of your machines fails tomorrow, what’s your backup plan? Can you afford to wait several weeks to receive a new spindle? Spindle repair is another option that many companies are now considering.

Tips to Extend Spindle Life

Ed Zitney, Jr. of SKF Machine Tool Services explores some of the proactive tricks of the trade that can go a long way toward contributing to the health of a spindle.


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.


Spindle Repair and Rebuilds: Industry News

GTI Opens R&D Center in Austin

The new R&D center in Austin houses a cutting edge iOS and web development team, and serves as another hub for their on-site predictive maintenance services, including vibration analysis routes for shops that want to ensure maximum uptime and reliability for their operations.
This facility is for brainstorming and work on new ideas to expand their maintenance platform with more tools on the iPad.

Gilman Precision Releases French Translation of Spindle Catalog

The French translation makes it easier for Canadian shops to select products in their most comfortable language.

GTI Spindle Technology Opens New Facility

The North Carolina plant repairs and rebuilds spindles from Makino, Mazak, Kessler, Gamfior, Enshu, OKK and others.


Spindle Repair and Rebuilds: Products

Compact Belt-Driven Spindle Direct Couples with Any Motor

The InTronix Spindle reduces weight and size without the added price so that machines can be built with smaller footprints. It direct couples with any motor to more easily incorporate the spindle into a new build at a more affordable rate. These space-saving characteristics also benefit machines that simply have limited room for components.
The smaller size of the highly versatile InTronix Spindle from Gilman Precision leaves a smaller footprint that reduces the overall size and weight of any given machine.

Shaft Alignment Tool with App

The TKSA 51 shaft alignment tool consists of two compact and lightweight laser measuring units and shaft brackets to mount the tool, whether on small machines with limited space or on larger equipment using supplied extension chains and magnetic holders.
The Shaft Alignment Tool TKSA 51 from SKF uses a dedicated app downloaded from a tablet or phone to easily set up motors, drives, fans, gearboxes, pulleys, and couplings, regardless of operator experience.

Spindle Cable for Machine Tools Saves Space in the Shop

The Chainflex® single core CF270-UL-D spindle cable.
This single core cable design from igus is an alternative to thick servo cables with larger bend radii that go beyond the permissible space of the machine tool.