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Understanding the Four Stages of Spindle Bearing Failure

Bearing failure is a leading cause of spindle breakdowns. The truth is, it’s easy to take bearings for granted. Out of sight, out of mind. But bearing systems are at the heart of every spindle and can’t be forgotten. They’re highly engineered and manufactured to hyper-precise tolerances. As such, they require strict maintenance protocols and […]

How Investing in Predictive Maintenance Can Boost the Bottom Line

Equipment maintenance is one of the biggest cost centers for many manufacturers. Machine tool operators are certainly no exception to this rule. Maintenance programs of the past sought to increase the uptime and lifespan of spindles by ensuring they were well cared for on a routine basis, thus minimizing the chance that they would break […]

Critical Spindle Installation Steps: Balance Correction & Vibration Baselining

Last month, we discussed the importance of proper spindle installation. In particular, we reviewed important basic steps — pre-installation inspection, mounting, lubrication hookup, post-installation inspection, and start up/run in. But there are two steps that we left out last month. Not because they’re important, but because they’re the most important. Those steps are balance correction and […]

Spindle Installation: Getting it Right the First Time

We understand the impulse to get a new spindle installed, and up and running, as quickly as possible. Time is money, after all — especially in fiercely competitive manufacturing spaces. The fact is, though, that in their desire to minimize costly downtime, many CNC operators rush the spindle installation process. This simply sets the stage […]

Southtec 2023

Are you heading to Southtec? If so, come visit us at booth #1334, say hi, and sign up for a free on-site Spindle Health Analysis at your facility. Here’s why you need one: Learn about potential issues in your system before they lead to much bigger ones Avoid unplanned downtime, and all of the headaches […]

The Importance of Warming Up Your Machine Tool Spindle

Over the past three decades, we’ve had a lot of conversations with countless clients and prospects. As you can imagine, they tend to revolve around spindles and spindle care. One topic that comes up regularly is the idea of doing a warmup cycle on your spindles. Responses have always been mixed — some do, some […]