If your business uses a slitting machine, and you want this large investment to last, you need to make sure that you take proper care of your slitting machine. Here are four areas of your machine that you need to make sure that you don't overlook when it comes to maintaining the integrity of your slitter machine. Although these parts may seem small, you have to take care of every component on your machine if you want it to last.
#1 Ball Screws
Located throughout your slitter are ball screws. These are the screws that help keep the numerous components on your slitter in the right place. On such a strong machine as a slitter, you are going to need a lot of vibration throughout the machine. All of this vibration can result in the machine's ball screw components becoming loss. You need to check all of the ball screws on your slitters once a month. When you check them, you need to make sure that they are secure and have not come loose. Make sure that each ball screw is secured with either wire or with epoxy.
About every two weeks, you also need to lubricate your ball screws. This will help them continue to operate and rotate smoothly, keeping your entire machine on track.
On your slitter machine, there are multiple magnetic sensors. These sensors help measure the output of your machine and make sure that all of the systems are operating correctly. You should check all of the magnetic sensors on your slitters every two to three months. When you check the magnetic sensors, you need to make sure that the proper distance is being maintained between each sensor and the object that the sensor is reading the performance of. If the sensors are mis-calibrated, this can result in the machine being feed incorrect information, which could compromise the integrity of the machine. Refer to your owner manual when recalibrating each sensor.
The third thing that you need to check out once a month on your slitter machine are the guides. Guides are added to your slitter machine to ensure that each component inside of your machine goes into the right place. In order for the guides in your slitter machine to work properly, they need to have the right amount of clearance. Your owner's manual should indicate how much clearance each guide you can install on your machine should have; be sure to check the clearance and make sure it is lined up properly. If any of the guides on your slitter machine are not set up to be automatically lubricated, you should manual lubricate them when you inspect them.
When you run your monthly inspection on your slitter machine, make sure that you don't overlook the three components listed above. Although these components are small, they play a vital role in keeping your slitter machine operating properly. For more information, talk to a professional like GARDICO Inc.