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Monday, September 1, 2014

Mitsubishi Highlights CNC Maintenance Tips for Long Weekends


Long weekends are an ideal opportunity to perform maintenance on CNC machines. Credit: MEAU.

Next Thursday is the Fourth of July, a time to spend with family and friends with cold drinks, hot dogs, and fireworks. But because the holiday falls on a Thursday, many workers, offices, and job shops are turning Independence Day into Independence Long Weekend. For many small- and medium-sized job shops, the long weekend can mean serious down time for expensive CNC machines. How can management assure their equipment receives proper maintenance?

Mitsubishi Electric Automation (MEAU) has released a four-step plan for factories that may want to get in some maintenance before the long weekend. The check-up tips will help factory owners keep their machines performing at top efficiency, while lowering the chances of repairs that shut down production lines.

“Preventing failures should always be a priority. One of the best times to be proactive is prior to an extended shutdown,” Russell Pobutkiewicz, MEAU technical service and support project manager

MEAU recommends:

  1. Check all battery levels, and order replacements if batteries are low.
  2. Inspect cooling fans, and replace those that have become rundown or are performing below standard.
  3. Inspect heat sinks to make sure they are clean and properly managing thermal transfer.
  4. Perform a full memory backup. MEAU advises using the cloud so data is accessible anywhere.

MEAU also advocates calling in a specialist if you have any doubts about your ability to properly check and perform maintenance on your equipment.

Get those machine tools checked out and enjoy your Fourth!

Brian Lane

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