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Topper Spindle Rebuild

Possible cause of failure:
Bearing failure from contamination in the front and rear.
Rear of spindle covered with dried coolant.
Drawbar and bellevilles are extremely rusted, rotary union may have been leaking if being used.
Taper is very rusted and pitted, sitting well below gauge line and has 80 microns run out.
Spindle nose is equipped with an air purge, but the fitting hole is plugged and not being used.
Rear shaft roller journal is 0/-3 (iso is +2/+9) with this bearing set up it should be around +3.5.
Drive pulley teeth are showing a lot of wear.
Recommended action:
Clean, inspect overall dimensions.

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Heald Red Head 405 Spindle Rebuild

Possible cause of failure:
All bearings are contaminated.
Front and rear shaft journals, shoulder and pilot are not at ISO.
Rear pulley taper area and face are marked up.
Rear shaft nut is loose, the rear bearing spun on the shaft.
Tool and pulley are bent.
Recommended action:
Clean, inspect overall dimensions.
Grind, chrome plate and finish grind the journals and pilot.
Kiss grind the shoulders, pulley taper area and face.
Replace bearings, pulley, and bolts.
Adjust preload, balance, assemble and break in. Final quality control inspection.

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Mitsui Spindle Rebuild

This spindle had been recently rebuilt by someone else before it arrived at NTE. It was running very hot and seizing in our customers machine. The heat was caused by too much grease in the bearings. This condition makes the balls of the bearings “plow” through the grease causing resistance and heat. This heat causes the bearings to expand and eventually the clearance between the balls and raceways disappears. This is when the spindle stops turning.
Possible cause of failure:
Front bearing #2 feels rough, all bearings have excessive amounts of grease.
Journal & housing fits are all within ISO.
Taper runout <2µ.

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Hardinge GTA 1353-B Spindle Repair

Possible cause of failure:
Shaft nose has heavy rub out damage from being crashed.
Id shaft collet taper has 10-12 microns runout.
Od is very rough
Timing pulley teeth are very worn.
Front cover face has wear.
Missing the chuck alignment button retention screw.
Recommended action:
Clean, inspect overall dimensions.
Machine front cover.
Kiss ID, face and OD taper. We will kiss the OD taper to clean up.
Replace bearings, front cover gasket, timing pulley, alignment button retention screw.
Adjust preload, balance, assemble and break in. Final quality control inspection.

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Porta N145 FMU Spindle Rebuild

Possible cause of failure:
Spindle arrived seized, missing the drawbar assembly.
Spindle bearings failed from coolant contamination, grease was washed out and full of rust.
Front quill wiper seal was worn out and broken allowing contaminants to wear and score the quill od surface.
Quill od measures -7/-35 on the worn area.
Shaft tooling taper has severe gauling.
Ball screw bearing journal is fretted and undersized by -12/-14 (iso is +/-4).
Recommended action:
Clean, inspect overall dimensions.
Replace bearings, seals, balls and orings.
Grind, chrome plate and finish grind the taper.
Grind, chrome plate and finish grind the 75mm on ball screw.

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Mori Seiki NV-5000 Spindle Rebuild

The rotor of this spindle had broken loose from the shaft causing end play or axial movement of the shaft. This damaged the #1 bearing oil injector causing an interruption in lubricant flow and ultimately bearing failure. This spindle has a roller bearing at the drive end of the shaft. Northland Tool & Electronics not only provides this bearing but we also set its preload for our customers. This not only makes it easier on the spindle installer it also insures optimum bearing life.
Possible cause of failure:
Oil jet to the front bearing damaged so no oil was going to the front bearing. Front bearing failure.

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Fanuc Robodrill Spindle Rebuild

Possible cause of failure:

Front bearing is worn
Taper has 12 microns runout
Spindle has been crashed

Repair action:

Clean, inspect overall dimensions
Replace bearings
Kiss grind taper
Adjust preload, balance, assemble and break in
Final quality control inspection

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Heald Red Head Spindle Rebuild

Possible cause of failure:

Spindle was crashed
Pilot has 8 microns runout
Ball cage is loose with varying ball sizes

Repair action:

Clean, inspect overall dimensions
Replace bearings and balls
Grind chrome plate and regrind pilot
Grind chrome plate and regrind ball cage ID
Adjust preload, balance, assemble and break in
Final quality control inspection

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Summer Recommendations to Extend the Life of Your Spindle

Summer Can Mean Stress for Your Spindle
Summer is almost here and Northland Tool & Electronics would like to bring a few things to your attention that can help extend the life of your spindles during this season.
Check your air dryers:
The increased humidity puts higher demands on your air systems, leading to the potential of water getting to your spindle bearings (in oil/air applications). It is much easier and cheaper to address it now with an air dryer than later with a spindle repair.
Vacations:
This is a common time for employees to leave for weeks at a time.

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The Benefits of a Ceramic Conversion Program by Northland Tool

There are many benefits of a ceramic conversion program by Northland Tool & Electronics, including:
Service: Our staff will be in contact with you all the way through the spindle repair process, and will make sure the spindle is performing to your satisfaction after delivery.
Quality repair: Northland Tool uses only the best materials and skilled technicians in your spindle assembly.
Example: NTE has a customer whose router spindles where only lasting 6 to 12 months between repairs. The high repair costs and machine down time were seriously affecting the companies’ profits.

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