In manufacturing, timing is everything. Each phase of production must work in concert with the one before and after to ensure schedules are kept and impending deadlines are met. While technological advancements continue to enhance production capabilities by streamlining processes, machine failures and production halts remain prevalent, jeopardizing manufacturing timetables and directly affecting the bottom …

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A lot has changed in the century since Henry Ford introduced his revolutionary quadricycle and launched Ford Motor Company. While the once-novel Model T was produced on crude assembly lines, modern technological advancements have enabled mass production of today’s most futuristic vehicles. A true representation of shifting consumer preferences and production capabilities, the automotive industry …

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If one were to compare the aerospace industry of today to what it was in the early 1900’s, they would note that, aside from planes still having wings, the two are unrecognizable. Like most industries, the aerospace and defense sectors have experienced multiple revolutions as a result of technological advancements. Despite the introduction of transformative …

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Throughout time, agriculture has remained a staple in economies all over the world. Like any industry, the agricultural sector has been no stranger to industrialization and developing revolutionary technologies to streamline operations and scale to accommodate growing population demand. What once took days of human labor, now only takes hours with the help of new …

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One of the leading causes of machine tool failure is imbalance. A spindle can become unbalanced due to a variety of causes, which can result in damage to other components. Spindle imbalance occurs when a spindle’s center of mass is not aligned with its center of rotation, causing the energy to transfer to the tool …

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If you operate a manufacturing plant or similar business, keeping your production line running at maximum efficiency is crucial. Over time, the spindles within your rotating machinery can experience errors that can decrease performance, or in the worst-case scenario, cause complete machine failure. Monitoring the “health” of your spindles is an important part of minimizing …

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Like all moving machine elements, bearings in spindles can fail due to a variety of causes. While normal wear and tear is one of these causes, there are specific points of failure that are more common than others. Before it becomes necessary to repair a spindle due to bearing damage, consider these factors that may lead …

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Spindle repair and rebuild is the heart of what we do at GTI Spindle Technology, and we pride ourselves on being able to handle any spindle that comes through our door. All spindles can be repaired, though the associated cost for some can eclipse that of a brand-new spindle. When this happens, we turn to …

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GTI Predictive Technology on a recent service call investigated a problem with a dual disc centerless grinder. This one year old grinder had been performing poorly, causing downtime and poor parts quality. Using GTI’s VibePro iPad vibration tools, our service technician discovered that both spindles in the machine were running much faster than rated for the machine; …

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Mazak Spindle repair is something that happens almost weekly here at GTI HQ. We see Mazaks come through our shop on a regular basis. Not because Mazak makes a bad spindle quite the contrary, it is because Mazak has been so successful in selling their spindles there are a lot of them out there, and …

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