Have you heard of the term precision machining? Do you know something about precision machine tools? Do not be shocked if your answer is no. Just like majority of the people, you probably have not yet heard of the term. Interestingly,precision machine tools are very important in manufacturing objects, both small and large, that we use in a daily basis. We are unaware of it but these tools that we use for our daily activities are composed of parts that were crafted using a variety of precision machine tools.
In its simplest definition, machine manufacturers need precision machine tools to craft objects which need small parts. Examples of small parts are bearings, gears, and screws. Without these small machines, highly-advanced tools would not probably exist. From aircraft aluminum alloys to surgical bone drilling devices to automotive parts, precision machine tools are used to develop different materials needed for bigger machines. It is under the domain of micro-engineering which covers a wide array of application in design and manufacturing. They are also used in machine tool calibration, welding or grooving, and production of mini parts.
Maintenance of these machines are important in order to maximize the potentials of these tools. A well-oiled machine does better and are more productive. Further, they live a long life which means value for money for you. Here are some of the top practices in using precision machine tools.
Cleaning your tools – Make sure to wipe the measuring faces of a precision measuring tool and the surface of the piece. This is to prevent damaging the tools affecting its measuring accuracy. Clean up dust and dirt after using the material to preserve the good quality of the tool. Further, schedule maintenance regularly even if you don’t use the machine often. This is to prevent accumulation of dirt or dust.
Storing your precision measuring tools – If possible, never put your precision measuring tools together with other tools. Cutting tools, hand tools, files, hammers, drills and other machines can potentially damage your tool. Store them in a safe place, where there is limited potential for the machine to be dropped or stressed.
Use your tools for their purpose – Precision measuring tools should not be used as substitutes for other tools. So it is not advisable to use them for other auxiliary purposes. It is not proper either to take precision measuring tools as toys, take flinging a micrometer with hands for example. These behaviors will lead to the falling of accuracy of precision measuring tools. Sometimes we think that using them for other purposes makes us resourceful, but in fact there is the possibility that we damage these tools.
Identify schedule of periodic maintenance– Periodic maintenance is crucial in maintaining your tools. It should be applied to precision measuring tools. If you have time, long-used precision tools should be sent to authorized calibration facilities periodically for test and calibration to avoid product quality problems caused by unreasonable reading errors of the tools.