The Things That Make Other Things Tick: Machine Tool Spindles Are Everywhere

Since the days of the earliest machines and the industrial revolution, machinery has drastically changed our lives. From the simplest cultures to the most industrialized nations of the world, machines make life easier and more comfortable. Whether “machine” refers to a simple wooden lathe or an advanced high speed industrial drill, all machines–regardless of complexity–depend on machine spindles to get the job done and provide the results their operators need, when they need them.

But how do machine tool spindles work?

In a machine, no matter how complex it is, the spindle is the main rotating component that enables tools like lathes, woodworking machinery, milling machines, and drill presses to achieve the movement and speed necessary to lend shape, form, and function to many of the products we use or are influenced by every day. For example, think about what it took to make the car you drove in or the bus you road today. Without spindles, chances are that not only would the automobile be far different, but they would have a much more difficult time actually moving.

While spindles in many forms existed long before the Industrial Revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries, that specific period of technological development saw machine tool spindles used more frequently in machines that continued to become increasingly complex. Today the level of complexity is astronomical, but spindles–while more advanced–continue to remain at the heart of many machines that are used to provide the products we use every day.

Spindle Repair: Making the Most of History

Like anything, now that the technology of spindles has improved, an entire industry has sprung up (and grown rapidly) to meet the many needs for machine tools that deliver the performance required by the integral machines used everyday in industry around the world. Consider for a moment the widespread use of spindles in machines everywhere. Naturally, it makes sense that they will eventually need to be repaired. Due to the ubiquitous nature of machine tool spindles, the need for machine tool spindle repair has flourished and so has the technology behind it. Supporting spindles around the world, spindle repair companies provide spindle rebuilds, spindle service, vibration analysis, and diagnostic tests to ensure that manufacturers can make the most of their spindles to get you the products you use every day faster, cheaper, and more reliably.

How Spindle Repair Works

For an example of how spindle repair works, imagine you’re a spindle repair provider who just received a malfunctioning spindle. After analyzing the spindle’s performance, you conclude that the spindle is malfunctioning due to a failure in the bearing system. Next, you address each individual component contributing to the failure. In this case, lets say it was the rotor and stator overheating (resulting in complications for the whole assembly). As the spindle repair expert, you will solve the issue of overhearing, which should ultimately alleviate the fatigue on the components of the spindle due to excessive heat. Finally, you would document your repairs, install the spindle, and balance the rotating part of the spindle before completing final quality control checks to ship the fully functioning spindle back to your client. There you have it, Spindle repair, complete!