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Machine Monitoring Systems and Software: An Overview

The heart of any good predictive maintenance program is a robust machine monitoring system. The world of monitoring systems is as vast as the equipment types in use today. They differ in form and function based on machinery type, metrics being monitored, industry, and more. Today, we focus on on the machine monitoring systems and […]

Using Technology on the Factory Floor to Fill Human Gaps

In the manufacturing sector, there’s been a trend toward having fewer people on the floor at any given time. It started with the advent of automation. Reshoring initiatives hastened it, forcing companies to run leaner operations to remain competitive. Finally, skilled labor shortages, due to several factors, have kicked this trend into overdrive in recent […]

Spindle Predictive Analysis

How it Works and Why You Need It We talk to a lot of people about spindle predictive analysis. In these conversations, we’ve learned that many companies are reluctant to invest in predictive analysis for their spindles. One comment we often hear is that people prefer to use their own “naked ear” to know when […]

Precision Matters: The Importance of Quality Spindle Rebuilding

One of the universal truths of business is that not every supplier provides the same commitment to quality and process as others. Some take shortcuts to get through jobs quicker, building their business on throughput. Others, like us at GTI, prefer to do jobs right, from bottom to top, building a business on results and […]

Machine Tool Monitoring

Machine tool monitoring has become an indispensable asset to machine shops operating in today’s competitive manufacturing landscape. Reactive maintenance strategies are no longer sufficient in an environment where customers will not tolerate unexpected machine tool failures that impact production schedules, delivery dates, and part quality. Implementing monitoring-based predictive maintenance practices allows manufacturers to solve problems […]

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 […]