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.