March 21, 2014
Many newer cars have maintenance reminders built in that alert owners when it’s time for routine services like oil changes, which is a great convenience. Surprisingly, having this feature doesn’t keep some drivers from putting off servicing the vehicle until problems arise. True, you still must make the appointment and then either wait, or leave and arrange for someone to take you back to pick up the vehicle. However most of us realize that it’s important to protect this major investment, and that preventative maintenance is less costly and less inconvenient than dealing with a breakdown.
In the same way, having a sound preventative maintenance program for your CNC machines prevents costly repairs and downtime. Yet too many shops are not consistent in maintaining their equipment. Sure, we’re all busy and we don’t want to interrupt production unnecessarily, however it really doesn’t take that much time to properly maintain your machine tools, and it’s far less interruptive and costly than when a machine goes down.
Not sure if your machines are being properly maintained? Here are a few preventative maintenance basics you should employ: