Checklist for Preventive Maintenance of CNC Machines

Industries mainly focus on their industrial productivity rather than the maintenance of their equipment and machines. For fact, industry experts are so submerged in inflating their market product revenue that they lack focus on the roots from which their products are coming from, the equipment and machines. As a result, the business faces huge loss once the factory machines turn down.

Once the machinery equipment slows down its performance level, a team of expert technicians arrives and troubleshoot the defective region. This can be time-killing and sometimes way too expensive for the company. Overall, the industrial technology comprises of CNC machines for its automotive features. Below is some of the preventive maintenance checklist for CNC auto parts, one must keep handy with:

1. Machine: Check the hydraulic pressure and hydraulic fluids to make sure they’re at the right operating level. Check to make sure the chuck pressure is at the right operating pressure and grease chuck according to manufacturer’s recommendation. If your CNC auto parts have a cooling system, make sure the cooling unit level is at the right operating level. Wipe down any stainless-steel way covers and lubricate them with hydraulic oil so they move smoothly. On a weekly basis take the filter off the CNC control and clean it to allow air to flow through it.  

2. Lubrication: The first point in the checklist is to make sure your CNC auto parts are well lubricated. If your company relies on vehicles like car, trucks, or buses, you definitely don’t want to get into the engine problem. The machinery tools work harder than any other parts of it. Therefore, they demand regular lubrication to avoid that wear and tear. Again, choosing the right grease oil should also be your top concern. Poor quality oil can affect the engines, deteriorating its performance level.

3. Check for Defects or Dirt Blockage: Continuous usage of the machine invites foreign particles to block the lubrication of a machine. Make sure at the end of the day, a proper examination is made. Dust, debris, or any wear and tear particles can be harmful to the smooth functioning of the machines. These outside particles, finding their way to the lubrication system can put the grinding process at halt resulting into the delay in productivity.

4. Keep Decisive Spare Parts Handy: In case the machines shut down for an instance due to some critical spare part dysfunction, make sure the components are ready in stock to get replaced. Failure to this can cause a delay in machine repair and product manufacturing progression.

5. Pay Attention to Peripherals: A CNC machine comprises coolant, chip conveyors, copper bars, backlash, and much more, all these acts along to make a machine work smoothly and without any intervention. Examining these peripherals must be on your product maintenance list. You never know which bolt, screw, or the conveyor belt cut loose, damaging the whole equipment.

6. Daily Care and Feeding of Your CNC Machine: Check the hydraulic pressure and the hydraulic fluids to make sure they’re at the right operating level. If your CNC machine has a cooling system, make sure the cooling unit level is at the right operating level and replenish if needed. On a weekly basis, or every 40 hours, take the filter off the CNC control cabinet and clean it so air will be able to flow through for cooling

No one wants to have their CNC machine down without a reason because if your machine is not making parts you’re losing time and money. But if you have a preventive maintenance program in place this allows you to manage your schedule rather than getting caught with untimely issues. 

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