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How important is the maintenance and repair of heavy machinery?

Although some consider preventive maintenance of heavy equipment to be a waste of time, money and resources, this is certainly not a point of view shared by all people working in the industry.This is because those who have worked in the field for a long time have seen the problems that can result from neglecting regular maintenance with their own eyes. Moreover, there are several advantages to setting up a maintenance plan for heavy equipment.Find out how important it is to maintain and repair heavy machinery.

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Some of the measuring tools necessary for the machining of mechanical parts

L’usinage de pièces mécaniques nécessite l’utilisation de plusieurs machines, que ce soit pour fabriquer ou modifier des pièces. Cependant, qu’il s’agisse de couper ou de percer, chaque opération demande un degré de précision qui ne peut être atteint qu’à l’aide de certains outils dédiés.
Prenez donc le temps de découvrir certains outils de mesure essentiels à l’usinage de précision.

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Why doing business with a custom mechanical part manufacturer is cost-efficient

Les pièces mécaniques de remplacement peuvent être très dispendieuses, surtout dans le cas d’équipement industriel. Elles peuvent représenter des dépenses qui viennent réduire considérablement les profits d’une entreprise.
Néanmoins, ces entreprises ont aussi la possibilité de faire affaire avec un fabricant de pièces mécaniques sur mesure pour réduire leur facture en cas de bris d’équipement. Voyez pourquoi une telle décision rime souvent avec des économies importantes.

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The leading industrial transmission manufacturers

Though they are not well known to the general public, industrial transmissions are used in many manufacturing sectors. Companies have been specializing in the production of this heavy equipment for over 100 years, with some of them having earned worldwide recognition for reliability and solidity.

Here are some of the leading manufacturers of industrial transmissions.

SEW-Eurodrive: German-designed industrial transmissions

SEW-Eurodrive, previously Süddeutsche Elektromotoren Werke, is a company founded in Germany by Christian Pähr in 1931. It is now an international company that manufactures gearboxes, variable frequency drives and servos. It also develops industrial gearboxes incorporating their helical and bevel gears. With a yearly revenue of over 2.8 billion euros, SEW-Eurodrive now has over 17 000 employees worldwide.

David Brown Ltd.: English engineering at its best

David Brown, born in Great Britain, began learning about gearing systems in the second half of the 19th century before specializing in machine-cut gears in 1898. The company, whose engineering products are now used worldwide, was named after him. After David Brown’s death in 1903, his sons Percy and Frank took over and began manufacturing custom gears, complete gearboxes, gear cutting machines, tools and equipment, bearings and worm gears.

David Brown Ltd. remains a leader in heavy-duty transmission systems for industrial, defence, railway and maritime industries.

Siemens-Flender: another leading German manufacturer of industrial transmissions

Siemens has long been considered a worldwide leader in automation and industrial software. From product design and development to operations, distribution and services,

many companies have improved their entire production line thanks to this German manufacturer.

Siemens purchased one of its suppliers, the Flender group, in 2004. As a result, Siemens acquired a mechanical engineering company that was already a supplier of parts for electric turbines, wind turbines and the maritime industry.

Amarillo Gear Company: over 100 years of American engineering

Although it has only been manufacturing and shipping a wide range of gearboxes internationally since 1934, Amarillo Gear Company was founded in 1917 in Amarillo, Texas.

Their pump drives are still widely used in many irrigation applications as well as in fire protection systems, marine barge systems, flood control systems, wastewater treatment systems and other industrial fields.

Their line of gearboxes designed specifically for demanding operations in wet cooling towers, finned heat exchangers and air-cooled condensers is also immensely popular.

Ensuring the proper functioning of industrial transmissions

Despite their excellent reputations, these leading companies’ industrial transmissions are not immune to problems. If problems arise, contact Braidwood Industries Ltd; our experienced team is qualified to repair or replicate parts produced by these reputable companies.

Why trust a machine shop for industrial machinery maintenance?

Industrial machines are often very expensive for companies. They nevertheless represent a key investment that will ensure the efficient production of products. In order to extend the life of the machines and ensure their proper operation, maintenance and regular cleaning are recommended.

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3 innovative finishing processes used in gear manufacturing

Finishing is often the last step in a gear manufacturing process. There are different finishing techniques that make it possible to modify the machined part’s properties, in addition to providing its final look.
In recent years, innovative finishing processes have appeared in the gear-cutting field, offering manufacturers the opportunity to optimize their processes and produce higher performance mechanical parts in a timelier manner.
Discover three of these finishing techniques for machined parts.

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3D printing’s impact on the machining sector

If you have been following the latest developments in 3D printing, you may have heard predictions that traditional manufacturing processes will soon be transformed by this revolutionary technology.
For the moment, however, it is unlikely to happen in the next few years. Although 3D printing will quickly become unavoidable in many areas, there is still, at least for now, a place for “traditional” machining in the manufacture of products such as mechanical parts. Discover why.

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The importance of lubrication in machining mechanical parts

Machining mechanical parts requires enormous attention to detail. Neglecting just one aspect can result in work that does not meet the extremely high demands of this field of industrial activity.

It is necessary to think of everything to achieve results that meet the highest standards, including the lubrication of the workpiece and the cutting machine during the machining process. Find out why below.

The benefits of lubricants during the cutting process

Machinists use lubricant during the production process for many reasons, one of these being the reduction of friction.

Metals produce heat during the high-speed cutting process because the tool rubs against the workpiece, releasing energy in the form of heat. A thermal deformation could occur if either elements were to reach too high a temperature, which can negatively affect the work or damage the equipment. Lubrication decreases the chance of overheating by reducing the rubbing of the elements.

Finally, cutting fluids allow the workpiece to be rinsed and metal chips or filings to be removed more easily during the machining processes. These chips can then be moved to a device designed to collect them. It is crucial that no chips stick to the workpiece, as this could affect machining precision.

The benefits of lubrication for the machined workpiece

Lubrication has benefits for the production process as well as the workpiece. This process makes it possible to modify some of its properties.

For example, some parts are made of materials susceptible to corrosion, but the use of lubricants during production will decrease the likelihood of this process occurring. This results in a longer service life.

Using lubricants to prevent wear on the equipment

Several different types of equipment are used in mechanical parts manufacturing. These will undergo less resistance and a reduced workload if lubricated properly, lowering the risk of premature wear.

Similarly, the risk of damage and the mechanical maintenance necessary for cutting blades will be decreased if they undergo less friction.

The different kinds of machining fluids

There are several different types of machining fluids as they are used in countless machining tasks. They are usually developed by specialists, who can produce them from a variety of products.

For example, they can be produced using mineral oil-type compounds derived from the distillation of petroleum, animal fats or even vegetable oils. These liquids are sometimes nicknamed “soap water” because they have a milky appearance with bubbles on the surface, since water and oil never mix completely.

Machining fluids include:

  • Whole oils
  • Emulsion fluids
  • Micro-emulsion fluids
  • Synthetic fluids

In conclusion

Lubrication provides many advantages and helps avoid problems, making it an essential aspect in the manufacturing of machined mechanical parts.

If you would like to know more about machining processes, or if you are looking for a company capable of manufacturing and repairing many pieces of industrial machinery in their highly efficient machine shop in Quebec, contact Braidwood Industries Ltd.

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The different precision machining technologies

Precision machining is a field that incorporates many technologies that have been implemented as science has progressed. These advances make it possible to manufacture parts with ever-increasing precision in less time.

Discover some of the different technologies that have transformed the machining of mechanical parts.

High-speed machining (HSM)

High-speed machining (HSM) refers to machining processes where the cutting parameters are far superior to those used in traditional machining. Generally speaking, a machining process is defined as “high-speed” when the cutting speed is two to three times faster than in conventional machining.

 Limitations of HSM

The safe and profitable incorporation of HSM in a custom gear shop requires additional constraints to be respected.

Although the increase of speed may seem simple, the physical mechanisms involved in this technology are not the same as in traditional machining. Machining parameters affect cutting forces, the temperature reached on the machined surface and in the tool, tool wear, and more. Moreover, other practical problems such as vibrations, chips being discharged, the use of lubricants during machining, and many others, must be considered and adapted.

Advantages of high-speed precision machining

Despite the complexity and limitations of HSM, it provides significant benefits in terms of technical and economic performance:

  • A virtually perfect surface from roughing to finishing, thus reducing polishing and grinding time
  • Increased dimension precision
  • Easier repetition, allowing for larger production quantities
  • Machining of ultra-hard materials
  • Machining more complex shapes and thinner walls
  • Reduced manufacturing time, which increases productivity

Laser assisted machining (LAM)

Laser assisted machining (LAM) involves heating only the area to be machined without thermal diffusion, which which could result in changing the mechanical characteristics of the part. This method is particularly suitable for steels and other high-strength metals.

Limitations of LAM

Particularities such as heating optimization, the quality of the generated surfaces, finding suitable tools, reducing specific cutting forces to facilitate machining and the possibility of working with non-machining materials are all issues that make LAM relatively complex to implement.

Advantages of LAM

Despite the complexities associated with developing LAM, its advantages bring precision machining to the next level:

  • Minimized cutting efforts
  • Highly improved surface conditions
  • The ability to machine parts using so-called “impossible to machine” materials

Precision machining: an ever-changing field

While the technologies mentioned above can be extremely complex, scientific and technical progress are constantly pushing the machining industry forward.

Since being founded in 2000, Braidwood has stood out from competitors with our close attention to detail, a diversity of solutions and consistently flawless results. If you are looking for a company that combines cutting-edge technology and experience, you can count on Braidwood Industries for the machining of your gears or other mechanical parts.