Modern machine tools can be expensive items that you want to keep in the best of condition to avoid the high costs of machine tool repair. Machine tools are generally defined as a device that shapes metal or other inflexible materials. There’s usually a piece that holds the material being cut and something that helps guide the material through the machine. Lathes, milling machines, saws, and planers are all examples of machine tools.
The History of Machine Tooling and Main Functions
Machine tools have been around since 1200 B.C., in Egypt, when they were crafted by hand. Early machine tools included potter’s wheels and bow drills. Machine tool development was increased with the invention of a few industries, like firearms, textiles, and steam engines. Most power tools today operate using electricity, instead of manpower, water power, or animal power. Their main functions relies on getting rid of material from a work piece, in order to make the piece function better. They do this using threading, boring, cutting, turning, or facing, and sometimes through a combination of these methods. Generally speaking, machine tools need to stay incredibly hard and have good durability, which requires continual maintenance and minor repairs when necessary in order to ensure quality.
Machine Tooling Tips
Following this are some machining techniques that will help to keep your machine tools in good working order.
For starters, any parts in your machine tool that frequently rub together should always be well lubricated. Lubrication avoids friction which can cause damage over time. In line with keeping your machine tool lubricated, it’s important to check your gear box spindle regularly, to make sure than the spindle’s oil level and apron fall within the safe line. Obviously, store your machine tools in a dry place with a consistent temperature. Protecting them from the elements and/or extreme temperatures can ensure your machine tools will stay in good working order for many more years. Go in and talk to experts every now and then, especially about maintenance or replacing parts. You want to be safe, no matter what!
When to Go to a Machine Tool Repair Service
Naturally if big repairs come up, you should seek out machine tool services. For example, if your spindle breaks, you’ll want to go find a shop that does machine tool spindle repair. Machine tooling services can also offer further preventive measures or help rebuild an older tool that you don’t want to replace. They also have more extensive knowledge on repairs and upkeep, so it’s good to check in with them every now and again. Their base of knowledge can help answer any questions you may have. Visiting a specialized machine tool repair service can help you save on more extensive costs later on.