CNC machine maintenance may seem like a boring chore compared to the other tasks of running a successful machine shop. When a machine breaks down, it can cost a business owner thousands of dollars, not only for the cost to repair the breakdown but in lost profits too. In those moments of exasperation, missed maintenance can be maddening. With lots of mechanical moving parts and high tech pieces, breakdowns are inevitable. However, a short consistent checklist and long term preventative plan can help reduce the risk of costly stoppages.
A preventative maintenance plan is vital to keeping shop machines running and making money. Routine check-ups boost output efficiencies, increase uptime and improve profit margins. Not convinced? Try this on for size: unplanned breakdowns of CNC machines typically cost 5 times more than annual PMPs. Between expedited part shipment and wasted hours, a PMP wins every time for cost-effective machine maintenance.
At MultiCam we can develop a Preventative Maintenance Plan on any or our MultiCam machines and can tailor it to your specific needs and budget. Contact us today and to request more information about our CNC service and maintenance plans
Daily CNC Machine Maintenance
These are the “apples a day” that keep your CNC machine tools out of the machine emergency room. They sound simple, and they are. Doing a few minor checks at the end of each day or each shift can help catch a problem before it snowballs into a major breakdown. The machine tool specialists at Absolute Machine Tools recommend the following daily maintenance schedule:
Renew with a Rag. Wipe down all the surfaces to show a little shine by cleaning away the shop grime. Wiping the machine down daily will also keep the smaller metal shavings from building up in damage-prone areas – such as the way cover seals.
Give ‘em grease. Grease is the smooth operator that keeps all the working parts moving and grooving. Not all machine shops check grease points each day, but we recommend looking at all moving parts for dry spots. A quick shot of grease goes a long way to reducing unwanted wear.
Check those fluids.CNC machines require adequate fluid levels, such as lube and hydraulic fluid. Working daily with your machines will give you a good baseline for how quickly the fluids need to be replenished. When machines start using fluid at a higher rate, have your machines checked. Excessive fluid use can be a sign of problems.