You can wait for bad parts or catastrophic failure, or you can SpindleCheck your machines on a periodic basis. As a machine and its spindle begin to wear and error motions increase, you can pro-actively plan for machine down time and a spindle rebuild. Because SpindleCheck is easy to use, down time is limited.
Qualify New Machines
Before signing off on a new tool worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, SpindleCheck it and make sure it performs as promised. As machine tool guru Bob Hocken says, “You wouldn’t buy a set of gage blocks without a calibration certificate, why would you buy a much more expensive machine tool without verification of its performance?” Insist on SpindleCheck data for your new machine.
Spindle Rebuilds – or Not?
When machines are not performing as expected, people often rebuild the spindle. Even without direct evidence that the spindle is bad, it is an easy target for action. Rebuild costs and lost production time from the machine make this an expensive guess. Rather than rebuild the spindle and cross your fingers, you can SpindleCheck the machine. If there’s a spindle crash or increase in bad parts, you can know how the spindle is performing with a quick SpindleCheck. Make an informed decision. If you decide to have the spindle rebuilt, SpindleCheck the rebuild and be sure you got what you paid for.
Know Your Enemy – Thermally Speaking
Thermal distortion is the single biggest contributor to feature location and dimensional errors in machined parts. Thermal effects cause a complex, unpredictable distortion of the machine and significant change in the point of machining. You can SpindleCheck the machine for thermal drift to know how long a machine needs to warm up before the it stabilizes. You can also know how the point of machining moves with changes in the ambient temperature and discover if your chiller is making things better or worse. Knowledge is power.
ISO 9001 and Regulatory Compliance
Certification of processes and ongoing verification are basic ISO 9001 requirements. Some regulatory agencies also require verification that processes are within acceptable parameters. SpindleCheck provides a way to meet that requirement.