For many manufacturers, their CNC’s productivity is measured in a fraction of seconds, including the grinding or cutting cycle, not to mention intervals between tool changes.
The spindle performance, which is basically the CNC’s workhorse, has an impact on productivity. When operating issues, like chatter or excessive vibration, productivity is crippled until you replace the spindle.
Achieving extended life and higher performance from a CNC machine may need a mixture of Easel software and different practices, all focused on preventing premature failure of the spindle. Some of the best practices to consider include:
1. Set a Maintenance Schedule and Stick to It
It is simple to say that you carry out scheduled maintenance regularly on your equipment. Though with everything going on at the shop and your daily life, it might even be easier to put other things as a priority and skip out on the maintenance.
Setting and sticking to a maintenance schedule will help deal with negligence over time and even make it simple to recall how long it has been since the last time you carried out maintenance on the machine.
2. Look at the Basics
At least once or twice a day, and after work, you should check the basics of your machine. This includes spot cleaning, fluid levels, and lubrication.
Fluid levels must be up to the standard in order to ascertain the long life and proper operation of your machine.
The right lubrication is an important component of a CNC machine, prolonging the service time for the ‘front lines’ of the equipment. Looking at the basics ensures you get rid of chards and chips from very sensitive places.
3. Know the Best Time to Repair
One of the major tell-tale signs of damage is the change in noise from your CNC machine. Off noise usually leads to demands chips or plating, which lower or higher pitched noise and increase vibrations.
Sound changes or new chattering noises in the regular cutting session should be looked at right away. Such signs all point out to spindle issues.
Unlike costly and significant machine repairs, you may easily resolve spindle problems. Being extra attuned and predictive to your CNC can help avoid significant replacements or repairs.
4. Review the Temperature Readings
Any temperature increase beyond normal is a clear indication that there is something wrong with your CNC machine. If that is the case, it is important to stop your machine for maintenance and inspection.
Common issues that make spindle overheating include component grinding. Improper levels of lubrication and coolant failure.
Ensure your technician is familiar with the right temperature guidelines for the exact operating condition and specific spindle brand.
5. Train Your Workers
Whether you or the dealer of your machine offers the training, ensure your employees know that the devil is already in the details.
For instance, adding a lubricant might seem like a no-brainer. Though using the wrong oil or grease might result in serious issues.
CNC machines remain the lifeblood of many manufacturing facilities, outputting assemblies and taking in parts ready for shipping.
In order to for your CNC machine to last for a long time, you will need to schedule maintenance, train your workers, and review the temperature readings.