Maintenance machining is a type of machining that focuses on the maintenance and repair of parts that may be integral to the functioning of larger automated manufacturing processes. This type of machining reduces unproductive hours and maintains the value of automation equipment.
Maintenance machining usually starts with some type of onsite visit by a technician to possibly disassemble machinery and inspect the parts that may need to be repaired or completely rebuilt. Maintenance machinists are often on call due to the emergency nature of the types of repairs needed in industries where non-stop production is critical.
This type of machining may also involve reverse engineering processes. At times, plant managers will find that an OEM replacement part just isn’t available. This may be due to the original manufacturer no longer offering replacement parts for the machinery. In these instances, maintenance machinists reverse engineer (analyze a component to design one that does the same thing without having the original drawings) a part that may perform even better than OEM parts. Maintenance machining ensures that manufacturers can get the most out of machinery until having to completely replace the equipment.
Industries such as: food, medical, paper, printing, aerospace all require regular maintenance or emergency machining repairs. Some parts that frequently require maintenance machining include: dies, gearboxes, keyways, bolster plates, castings, bushings and housings.
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