CNC machines for industries and shops are a form of a long term and major investment. It is expected that it should have a long service life making it worth the money. However, how long it would actually last depends on the way the owner maintains the machines. Proper and frequent maintenance guarantees quality products, time-bound production, and well-functioning CNC machines with long service life.
The word to note to remember these tips is “PROACTIVE” – having a proactive approach influences the machines’ lifespan. To adopt the “Proactive Approach”, remember these four tips to ensure your machine’s long service life:
Lubricants, especially for heavy machines, are essential since it affects their ability to perform. This influences the machine’s wear and tear since it can minimize friction between the machine parts and prevents soot build up thus ensuring its cleanliness. Regarding the cleanliness of the machines and workstations, do not forget to remind your operators to regularly clean up their stations (before and after operation) to avoid build-up which could affect the machine’s performance in the long run.
Other than performing daily inspection of the machines by your qualified operators, it is advisable that you invest in preventive maintenance and have your machines assessed and maintained by a professional, skilled, and trained technician. This may seem unnecessary but it will help you save money, lengthen your machines’ longevity, and ensure a smooth business operation.
Just like humans, when it exceeds its maximum capacity to perform, the machine overheats (or breakdown). Remember that machines have its performance limitations and it is better to familiarize yourself (and your team) with all its performance limitations. Ignoring these limitations could result in machine breakdown or workplace accidents. Plus, this could compromise the machine’s longevity and workplace injuries are costly.
In any case that there are sightings of abnormality in your machines, be sure to only contact qualified technicians to assess your machines’ condition.
It helps having knowledgeable and skilled operators in ensuring your machines’ longevity. Being able to identify CNC issue sounds could help your operation avoid machine breakdown and workplace accidents. Employing qualified operators could help save your business unnecessary expenses. They should be well-trained on how to properly handle your CNC machines to avoid equipment failure, workplace accidents, and lawsuits.
Remember to regularly cultivate and update them with the new trends on your machine (and industry) that are related to your operation. Be sure to also include in your operational “handbook” the safety precautions in case there are issues that arise during operation.
When you are sick, you only trust a professional to give you the proper medication. The same with machines – call someone qualified to assess your machine’s status during breakdown. Relying on your operator, who is not as knowledgeable in fixing the machine as the representative from the machine’s company, could only cost you more in the long run. Professional help is more effective than home remedy – have it treated by a professional to avoid future unnecessary expenses.
It’ll also be beneficial to make sure to purchase from a good standing company that offers purchase-worthy machines and top-of-the line customer service. Once you have chosen your partner for your company’s operation, take note of their contact number and who to approach in case you need their services.
These four proactive maintenance tips are applicable on any industry. Always remember these four words in your operation – preventive; overwork; invest; and trust. Practice preventive maintenance, avoid overworking your machines, invest in your operators, and only trust a specialist for repair. By simply applying these, it could ensure long service life for your machine and bucks saved for your operation. If you’re looking to purchase a CNC machine, please contact us or make sure to look through our used CNC machine inventory.
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