3 Ways To Increase the Lifespan of Your Spindle Motor

3 Ways To Increase the Lifespan of Your Spindle Motor

Spindle motors are a part of the regular operation of countless manufacturing facilities. People who use equipment that utilizes them will be the first to tell you that they’re indispensable in their arsenals. This is true until the machines reach the end of their lifespan.

All good things must come to an end, even incredibly helpful machinery. But that doesn’t mean you can’t maximize that machinery’s use. Here are three ways to increase the lifespan of your spindle motor.

Match the Right Tool to the Job

Wear and tear on machinery is inevitable. The moment you start using, it begins wearing down. However, some things can wear a machine down more quickly. Using the wrong machines for specific tasks is one of the most common factors that shorten machines’ lifespans.

Using a spindle motor that doesn’t have the power necessary for the task at hand will force the motor to work harder than it should. Remember that having sufficient torque is more important than horsepower when you’re determining the power your motor needs for a task.

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Keep in mind that the torque may not be consistent throughout a machine’s run, depending on the type of motor. For instance, some motors will have a higher torque at lower speeds. Others will have a higher torque at higher speeds.

Perform Preventative Maintenance

Many of the major technical issues that prematurely cut a spindle motor’s life short began as minor errors. So one of the simplest ways to increase a spindle motor’s lifespan is to catch those errors sooner. Preventative maintenance is critical for doing that.

A few preventative maintenance tasks your facility should not ignore include:

  • Keeping up with lubrication on parts like oil valves
  • Maintaining fluid levels
  • Checking intake valves and filters regularly
  • Ensuring cooling systems work properly
  • Performing checks of spindle pull force

The most important preventative maintenance tasks you can implement are regular inspections. Keeping an eye out for things like irregular vibrations or heat fluctuations will help you catch issues as quickly as possible.

Perform Repairs Quickly

Even when we do catch minor issues, it isn’t always easy to stop to rectify them. When quotas and deadlines loom over your company, you may find it easy to promise yourself that you’ll do those repairs when the company is less busy. But this will cause your motor to wear out even more quickly.

Whether you’re trying to make sure you have a motor with the torque to handle a task or need to replace a faulty CNC spindle drive, Industrial Automations has the parts you need. Our parts will ensure your spindle motor lasts as long as possible.