As anyone reading this article must be aware of, industrial machines must operate to a high degree of precision through sustained periods of hard usage. This is particularly true of metal lathes and other production units incorporating components which spin at very high revolution. It is also a given that, with time and continuing usage, that precision operation will begin to decline.
This decline is inevitable considering the conditions under which machine parts are put through. These parts suffer high mechanical stresses every operating hour. And while machines in factory-fresh condition can be relied upon to function according to specification for a long period of time, very slight problems can end up cascading over time. These are unnoticeable at first, and may well fall within acceptable tolerances. Eventually, however, that worn bearing is going to throw off the alignment of the part that depends upon it to turn properly. When production begins to be affected, that’s when the unit has to be taken off the line for repair.
The imperative is to try to prevent defects from becoming serious enough one to cause breakdowns. Preventative maintenance can forestall such eventualities. Today, this maintenance is performed using lasers. Laser alignment is able to yield precision results in testing to a degree measured in nanometers. This has eliminated much of the guesswork which used to stand in for complete accuracy in testing using physical measuring tools such as plum bobs and other aids. The other advantage has been to speed up the testing process by up to 70% faster than was possible with previous methods which had to have their results verified several times.
Precision testing service using a machine laser in Dallas reduces considerably the incidence of production units being taken off-line for repair. When incorporated as part of a regular program of preventative testing and maintenance, the service life of an industrial tool can be extended by years, and kept running at maximum efficiency in all that period. The beam deviation registered in comparison to the initial baseline reading obtained when the laser is fired at a stationary test target can be used to diagnose a beginning problem. By further analyzing the results, the exact part which needs to be adjusted or replaced can be identified.
Contact Us today if your operation is in need of maintenance service. Just look up “Machine Laser in Dallas”. We are on-call at any time you need our services.
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