CNC lathe Basic Maintenance Procedures

CNC lathe manufacturing is a key part of the component manufacturing industry worldwide, due to the increasing demand for higher production, lowered costs, and increased quality requirements on industrial manufactured components. To meet these demands, many companies turn to the deployment of used CNC lathes as a means of reducing their capital equipment costs. While this can help improve the bottom line of many companies, there are downsides to this approach, and it is crucial to keep these used CNC lathes in proper working order to avoid production delays and quality issues.

CNC lathe Basic Maintenance Procedures

Three Basic Maintenance Procedures

The first maintenance procedure is routine maintenance. This involves scheduling routine maintenance activities, such as changing coolants, cleaning chip pans, inspecting and adjusting safety mechanisms, changing or filling hydraulic oil, and more. The frequency of routine maintenance will depend on the age of the machines and the demands of the shop. The aim of routine maintenance procedures is to prevent breakdowns, which can cause delays in production and incur significant costs.

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The second maintenance procedure is preventative maintenance.

Preventative maintenance involves inspecting belts, and adjusting, repairing, or replacing components that have not yet failed but are known to fail within a short period. Preventive maintenance involves developing a history of breakdown of components from past history, allowing for catching of problems before they happen. By identifying and repairing or replacing components before they fail, companies can avoid costly downtime and lost production.

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Finally, breakdown maintenance procedures come into play when a component has already failed, thus shutting the production line down. As one can imagine, breakdown maintenance can be very costly due to the downtime involved in the production that can get aggravated if the necessary replacement parts are not readily available. One needs to strive to avoid breakdown maintenance as much as possible by concentrating on routine and preventive maintenance procedures because the latter two are significantly less expensive than the former.


Proper maintenance of CNC lathes is critical for maintaining production schedules, reducing costs, and ensuring high-quality components. By implementing routine and preventative maintenance procedures, companies can avoid the high costs and disruptions of breakdown maintenance, and ensure that their machines operate at peak efficiency.



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