8 Tips for Spindle and Toolholder Cleanliness
Read an article about how to keep a machine tool spindle and its cutting tool shank clean—not for show, but for accuracy.
Keeping the taper of a cutting toolholder clean is a key to accurate performance.
Having visited machine shops for many decades, one of the major trends I have seen is how they have literally cleaned up their act through the years. In today’s shop, there is an obvious nod that equates cleanliness to quality.
Leaking machines surrounded by Sorb-All, or its equivalent, or smoke from cutting oils or coolants hanging in the air are rapidly disappearing from the metalworking manufacturing world. And good riddance because young people do not want to work in their father’s or grandfather’s environment.
Cosmetics is only one part of the drive to cleanliness. Today’s shops are also moving toward cleaning where the sun may not shine. One example is from an article we published about simple ways of keeping a machine tool spindle and its cutting tool shank clean—not for show, but for accuracy. Yes, they are connected. Read 8 Easy Tips for Spindle and Toolholder Hygiene for more information.
A shop should look at all aspects of the production process to maximize productivity. This includes selecting an efficient cleaning system.
After trying an array of parts cleaning methods over the years, this shop has implemented an environmentally friendly, relatively simple system to clean every part it produces.
A turbine manufacturing plant phases out an obsolete vapor degreasing system, making the change to aqueous-based cleaning.