Proper Preventive Maintenance
Want to meet daily production goals without a glitch in your process? That’s easy, but there are things that need to be done. Proper maintenance has a huge impact on the outcome of the operation. Imagine that your machine has been grinding parts and bars all day, and these parts are flying out of the machine on schedule, but a piece of swarf was stuck in the machine.
The outcome? Machine glitches and lots of production downtime – every manufacturer‘s nightmare. This can all be avoided with some preventive maintenance and cleaning.
Preventive maintenance is very often overlooked. This is usually because manufacturers or operators prioritize machine uptime to meet daily production goals. A quick fix and cleaning, as well as a quick check on your machines and tools, is a highly significant part of a successful operation.
You should also take into account the time you will need for the replacement of the spindle. It is recommended that this take place during weekends so as to avoid a significant loss of production uptime.This kind of preventive maintenance is also a good way to reveal problems with your machine and operation that can be solved and fixed as soon as possible, before they cause serious errors. If you want to get the most out of your centerless grinding operation, all possible problems should be controlled and eliminated before they happen.
Cleaning the grinding machine
Continuous cutting operations means higher volumes of swarf.
Swarf are the chips or fillings of metal and steel produced by cutting or grinding operations. Swarf can be highly flammable, especially if they are made out of reactive metals. A single piece of swarf stuck in the machine can ruin your operation and the whole production. Proper caution is imperative and it is a must to avoid ignition sources – as this can cause very serious problems. Aside from fire incidents, swarf can also clog the nozzle of a shop vacuum, so there are a lot of risks that can be encountered very quickly if it is not taken into account.
Proper clean-up and disposal of continuous-cutting swarf can result in denser, more manageable waste, which contributes to the efficiency and flow of your production operation.
Cleaning your machine is the best way to maximize production. Aside from impressing visitors and customers, maintaining a clean machine also decreases the likelihood of machine glitch or malfunction. This plays a significant role in meeting daily high-volume production goals – and at remarkably fast lead times! Proper machine cleaning and chip handling improves operational flow and can pave the way for more reclamation and recycling of materials.
Automation of centerless grinding
Automation is another effective strategy that can save you from tons of work. Having the machine automated keeps you off duty of loading the grinder with bars according to the machine-loading equation. It saves you from the time consumed for loading and unloading materials. It has a great number of benefits to the operators and most importantly to operations in a high volume production environment.
Automation allows automatic loading and unloading of parts of the grinder by feeding and supporting workpieces as they are ground. Thus, there is much more time for material checking to ensure quality and specified requirements are met.
The Basics of Aluminum Alloy
Aluminum is the most abundant metal in Earth’s crust after silicon and oxygen. It has a silvery-white appearance and contains a lot of valuable mechanical properties. It possesses 60% of the electrical conductivity of copper, with much lower density, making it a lightweight material perfect for aircraft and aerospace construction.
Pure aluminum is soft and ductile, but it can be strengthened when it is alloyed with other elements like magnesium, copper, and silicon. Such alloys possess better corrosion resisting properties, with a protective oxide coating that is achieved and enhanced through the process of anodization. Their lightweight and non-toxic mechanical properties enable them to be easily machined and cast. One good thing about aluminum is that it is recyclable, which can save considerable amounts of energy. They only need to undergo a melting process in order for them to be reused.
Aluminum alloys have low density, therefore, they are lightweight which is one of the key factors to consider in constructing an aircraft and its vital parts. Other important properties they possess are malleability, high strength, easy machining, good electrical and thermal conductivity, and excellent corrosion resistance.
Aluminum in the Aviation Industry
80 percent of commercial transport aircraft frames are made up of aluminum. This alloy is the top choice for the construction of aircraft and parts like wings and fuselage. Most navy aircraft are mainly made of fabricated aluminum. The focus on aluminum casting technology is continuing to earn recognition with its countless advantages in forming complex parts for aircraft structure. With a low manufacturing cost, Aluminum Alloy is the top choice for incorporating innovative and complicated design concepts in the aviation industry.
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