News & Events

How To Maintain Your CNC Machine Tools

A CNC machine could be very costly if the machine is not maintained properly. When purchasing a CNC machine, it is important to know how to take proper care of the machine. Maintaining it could save the engineer and company from spending and replacing parts of the machine, and it could help the machine to always be at its peak performance when in use.

Daily Maintenance

For its fundamental daily maintenance, experts recommend to always check the fluids. When using a CNC machine, it usually requires fluid levels, such as the lube and the hydraulic fluid. Always make sure the fluid levels are at the required operating level and replenish if needed. Take note of how often the machine is getting used, because having excessive fluid can be bad for the machine. If your CNC machine has a cooling system, it’s important to make sure the cooling unit is at the right operating level. Make sure to wipe down any stainless steel way covers and lubricate them with hydraulic oil, clean the chips out of the chip pan, and clean off the window of the door so you can see inside your machine.

Milling Machines and Lathes

Make sure the machine tool’s enclosure is cleaned and the chips are removed. Next, assess for fine adjustments and make sure there are no jams or hang ups. Thoroughly assess the spindle and spindle drivetrain, this is to make sure there is no contamination that would affect the functioning spindle. You should also assess the spindle belts, the tension, oil and the chips. Experts also recommend performing a ballbar test. A ballbar test checks the circularity and the alignment of the planes of the machine.

When cleaning lathes, include the turret, tailstock and the alignment of the headstock. Assessing these would ensure the accuracy and the tool life. To avoid hang ups, jams or indexing issues, check the lubricant if it is at a normal level and if it is properly functioning. Perform adjustments if necessary. Next, assess the hydraulic system, make sure there is no contamination or dirt. Check the actuator for a build up of chips, and test the tension of the spindle belts. Perform a ballbar test again to check the alignment of XZ planes. This is to make sure it is still accurate on its circularity. Lastly, for any type of machine: it is highly recommended to change the filters more often than not. Always ensure the overall integrity of the machine to get its best performance.

Preventive Maintenance Plan

For every three months of use of the machine or for over 500 hours of use of the machine: Always assess the grease chain in the chip conveyor and check the and clean the filters on the coolant tank. And for every six (6) months or over 1000 hours of use of the machine: it is vital to contact your distributor to have preventive maintenance that is an accustomed engineer. The engineer usually performs it routinely: assessing the coolant tank, removing the chuck and jaws to be cleaned, the hydraulic tank is drained and replaced with new hydraulic oil, and the filter of the suction is changed. The radiator is also cleaned and made sure it is straight. The lubrication is also drained and cleaned out, then replaced with new lube. And if the machine has a cooling unit, it is drained and refilled. The leveling of the machine is also done and adjusted if it is necessary. The wipers are also assessed if there are damages, it is of course cleaned and replaced if there are damages seen.

For more information on CNC machinery, contact the knowledgeable team at Tramar Industries today. Browse our extensive inventory of used CNC machines and we’ll help you find the right machine for the job.

How To Maintain Your CNC Machine Tools

A CNC machine could be very costly if the machine is not maintained properly. When purchasing a CNC machine, it is important to know how to take proper care of the machine. Maintaining it could save the engineer and company from spending and replacing parts of the machine, and it could help the machine to […]

The Benefits of Purchasing Used Machinery

Computer Numerical Control(CNC) machining is a manufacturing process in which pre-programmed software dictates the movement of factory machinery. CNC Machines are used to create parts and components for almost every industry. This helps the modern-day manufacturing with its high productivity and fast relying method. There are a lot of advantages and benefits this machine could […]

What Are The Uses Of CNC Machines

Evolving from the numerical control machining process which utilized punched tape cards, CNC machining is a manufacturing process that utilizes computerized controls to operate and manipulate machine and cutting tools to shape stock material such as metal, plastic, wood, foam, composite, etc. into custom parts and designs. While the CNC machining process offers various capabilities […]

How To Avoid Issues With Used CNC Machines

CNC machining is a metal fabrication method where written code controls the machinery in the manufacturing process. The code determines everything from the movement of the cutting head and the part to spindle speed, RPMs, etc. CNC machines are rather expensive so most shop owners buy used CNC machines. You can save a large amount […]

How to Choose Your CNC Machine

CNC (Computer Numerical Control) is an automated control of machining tools such as drills, lathes, mills, and 3D printers using a computer. It takes digitized data and is controlled, automated, and monitored by a computer and CAM (Computer-Aided Manufacturing) program. CNC machining uses highly detailed programming operations. These machines follow instructions without allowing any unwanted […]

The Best CNC Brands

A CNC (computer numerical control) machine is a machine tool that is controlled by a coded program with instructions to cut and move material. There are many types of CNC Machines, such as milling machines, lathes, routers, grinders, lasers, waterjet cutters and sheet metal stamping machines. With the variety of CNC Machines, it’s easy to […]

The History of The Lathe Machine

One of the oldest tools used by machining services is called the Lathe. It is a tool believed to have been created by the ancient Egyptians back in 1300 BC. It is known as the mother of machine tools, as it was the first machine tool that led to the invention of other machine tools. […]

What Is CNC?

CNC stands for Computer Numerical Control is an automated control of machining tools such as; drills, lathes, mills, and 3D printers using a computer. It takes digitized data and is controlled, automated and monitored by a computer and CAM (Computer-Aided Manufacturing) program. CNC machines are fully automated, needing only digital files with instructions about cutting […]

Comparing Different Types of CNC Machines

Since CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machines are broadly used in the manufacturing industry, it also plays an important role in the manufacturing industry. It uses CAD (Computer-Aided Design) and CAM (Computer-Aided Manufacturing) software to enable users to create wealth for both industrial and creative products. The types of CNC machines can be classified into the […]

Understanding CNC Milling

Milling is the process of machining using rotary cutters to remove material by advancing a cutter into a workpiece. It covers a wide variety of different operations and machines, on scales from small individual parts to large, heavy-duty gang milling operations. A milling machine is operated manually or through CNC (Computer Numerical Control). CNC Milling […]

History of Makino

Makino (Makino Milling Machine Company) developed Japan’s first numerically controlled (NC) milling machine in 1958 By Tsunezo Makino. It was established on May 1, 1937, and by 1966 it established Japan’s first machining center 1966. It was headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. Makino introduced game-changing solutions for performance. The company was first known as Makino Iron […]

5-Axis CNC Machining

What is 5-axis CNC machining? How does it work and benefit your business? What is the best 5 axis CNC machine you can get? A 5 axis CNC machine is a machine that has the ability to move a tool or a part in five different axes simultaneously. It enables the machining of very complex […]

Vertical Machining Center Features For Improving Productivity

A Vertical Machine Center is a spindle with a vertical orientation. With a vertically oriented spindle, tools stick straight down from the tool holder and often cut across the top of a workpiece. It improves metal removal rates and reduces parasitic non-cutting time and eliminates unnecessary interruptions to production. The difference between a Horizontal Machine […]

History of Haas

Haas Automation, Inc started in 1983 by its founder Gene Haas. Eugene “Gene” Francis Haas (born November 12, 1952) is the founder, president, and sole stockholder of Haas Automation, a CNC machine tool manufacturer. The company also has a presence in motorsports, having founded NASCAR team Haas CNC Racing (now known as Stewart-Haas Racing) and […]

Product Overview of DMG Mori Seiki CNC Machines

CNC Milling Machine – Milling is a process performed with a machine in which the cutters rotate to remove the material from the workpiece present in the direction of the angle with the tool axis. DMG Mori has 7 types of CNC milling machines, and as one of the world’s leading manufacturers of machine tools, […]

History of Mazak

Mazak Corporation started in Nagoya, Japan in 1919 founded by Sadakichi Yamazaki. The company started as a small company making pots and pans. In the 1920s the company elevated from mat-making machinery to woodworking machinery, then to metalworking machine tools. It was one of the companies that were part of Japan’s industrial build-up before WWII. […]

History of Doosan and The Puma Turning Center

What is the history of Doosan? How did they become successful in their field? Who founded it and what’s its vision? We answer these questions as we dive into the history of the company. Doosan is a combined word of “doo” (unit of grain) and “san” ( mountain). If combined means “little grains of sand […]

Machine Tool Tips Every Machinist Should Know

Having the right tools makes all the difference in getting the job done quickly and correctly. No one wants to start a new machine shop or a new job as a machinist without the proper equipment, knowing the maintenance routine, and even without the help of the internet. Here are some Machine Tool tips for […]

Buying Guide For Used CNC Lathes

We’ve previously covered what CNC Lathes are, but now you want to buy one. You can save a fortune when buying a used CNC Lathe machine, often it’s a smarter and more economical choice. So what should you consider when buying used CNC Lathes? We need to make sure that it is worthy of the […]

Different Types CNC Lathes

Standard 2-Axis 3-Axis With Milling Multi Axis (Sub spindle/Dual Turret) Chucking (No Tailstock) Flat Bed Big Bore/Oil Country/Hollow Spindle Axis Definitions STANDARD 2-AXIS CNC LATHE/TURNING CENTER A standard lathe is used for removing material from a part by using a variety of tooling and cutters depending on the specific result the operator is looking to achieve. Standard […]