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Heald Spindle Repair

James N. Heald was an innovator in the design and building of grinding equipment for the automotive industry. In 1905,[...]

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James N. Heald was an innovator in the design and building of grinding equipment for the automotive industry. In 1905, he invented a rotary grinder for the sides of piston rings. He went on to invent internal grinding machines with a planetary action that overcame many of the problems of the grinding methods of the time. His designs were so well thought out that many of his concepts survive in the grinding machines used today.

Although the Heald Company no longer exists in the same capacity it once did, Heald spindles also known as Red Head spindles are still in use today. Northland Tool has been repairing these spindles almost from our inception in 1979. Over the 30 years we have been rebuilding Heald spindles we have incorporated many design changes to improve spindle life, accuracy, lubrication, rigidity and increases in speed. View a piece of Heald History – an original page from the Heald brochure from the 1960′s.

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CASE STUDIES

Upon arrival, every spindle is logged into our production tracking software system. Any issues associated with incoming condition as related to transit are noted.[...]

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The spindles are prioritized and moved to either the disassembly technicians or to the spindle run-up room, depending on the circumstances. Our techs carefully break down the spindle into its component parts while meticulously noting their general condition as well as specific damage to them. They also photograph the process and perform a full dimensional inspection to identify excessive wear which may help identify the cause of failure.

Once the initial disassembly and evaluation are completed, the spindle is given a second look by our production manager who reviews & completes the evaluation. He will identify the mode of failure and all pertinent issues, as well as recommended corrective actions. Many evaluations are not complete until the production manager consults with the head of our grinding & machining department. We often have recommendations for additional steps the customer can take to prevent premature spindle failure in the future. We call on our 30 plus years of experience rebuilding spindles to come to these conclusions.

After our purchasing department sources all replacement part costs & lead times, the quote is generated, given a final check and communicated to the customer for approval. Once we have received the approval, production is scheduled and parts are ordered. All spindle parts are carefully cleaned and any grinding or machining operations are completed. Only when all components are available and qualified does the spindle proceed to our spindle assembly technicians. These highly trained professionals assemble all the spindle components and then perform a rigorous break-in process which may include dynamic balancing as well as thermal & vibration analysis depending on the type of spindle. After a final quality control check is performed, the spindle is given back to our shipping department, carefully boxed to minimize the possibility of in-transit damage and shipped back to you, our customer. Hide Details

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MODELS WE REPAIR

At Northland, we take pride in our expert knowledge of every brand we repair-please see the list of models we repair below. If you do not see your particular model please contact us, we have probably repaired one just like it in our over 30 years of spindle rebuilding:

  • Heald Red Head 264049
  • Heald Red Head 401
  • Heald 405 Spindle Repair
  • Heald 407 Spindle Repair
  • Heald 409
  • Heald Red Head 411 Spindle Repair
  • Heald Redhead 413 Spindle Rebuild
  • Heald 438-100 Spindle Repair
  • Heald 501/505
  • Heald Oil Bearing Spindles

COMMON PROBLEMS

From coolant contamination to bearing failure to crashes, Northland knows that there are a variety of issues that will affect the performance of your spindle-and we’re prepared to handle them all. However, the common problems associated with this brand are:

  • Worn shaft bearing journals and worn housing bearing bores: This is common because the spindle design is so good that they are still in use 10, 20 sometimes 30 years after being put in service. The spindles were sometimes rebuilt “in house” and had new bearings installed. Particular attention needs to be paid to the dimensional aspects of the bearing contact surfaces as fretting, contamination and normal wear can bring them outside of acceptable size tolerances causing poor spindle performance.
  • Pilot: Worn tooling, crashes, excessive loads and normal wear are some of the contributing factors to pilot damage. This can be easily repaired in our in house grinding department with our grind plate grind procedure.
  • Worn Treads: Over time the threads for the tooling and pulleys can wear down causing decreased holding power and in some cases run out. Northland Tool & Electronics has several different repair options for this from thread repair to replacement shafts.
  • Damaged Pulleys from Tool Change: We receive Heald spindles that have damage to the pulleys from the tool changing process. We have several options available to improve the tool change process.
  • Crashes: Yes it happens. When it does particular attention must be paid to the shaft tolerances. Pilots can be distorted, shafts bent and grind plate grinds may be necessary to bring the spindle back to proper operating condition.
  • Excessive belt tension: Excessive belt tension causes rear bearing failure in Heald spindles. As feed rates increase and materials change we find that some of our customers have increased the belt tension to avoid belt slippage. Be careful not to go to far as it will put increased tension on the rear set of spindle bearings that are not engineered to take large amounts of radial load.

I really didn’t expect this; You guys really pulled it off! My many thanks to Sandy, Louis and your outstanding crew for helping us get back into production.

Dan Eaton, Taylor Metalworks

Lou all in all everything is running good. Just had a call from Sandy just the other day, its funny great minds think alike. Its great not to be sending spindles out on a regular basis since you addressed my problems, but I know they will still be coming sooner or later. Never a problem when we get them back , run better than new. Hope everything is ok there. Please tell everyone there that we here appreciate everything that you do to keep us up and running and the quick turnarounds. Have delt with the rest now deal with the best. Have a great week end and up and coming holiday.

Northland Customer

Thank you Debbie just received spindle today and WOW ! what a nice job. Can’t wait to use it. Thank the Northland team for us for a job well done 

Northland Customer

Both of the spindles that you repaired are on the machines and running great. We don’t have any spares for those grinders. We probably will not be purchasing a spare, as you have been able to turn around the repairs quickly and the price of a spare is cost prohibitive.

Northland Customer

I am writing to thank Northland Tool for going the extra mile and saving my company from expensive machine downtime and expensive repairs. We have always sent our Chiron spindles for repair as a shaft with bearings. None of our previous rebuilders pointed out the bearing fretting or the fact that the housing in the machine was out of tolerance and causing premature failure to the spindles. After Northland fixed the housings the spindles have never sounded as good or run as well! Great job guys!

Northland Customer

The detailed cause of failure reports and the expert technical advice that Northland Tool provides is bar none the best I have ever seen. We struggled to keep two of our large our milling spindles running for longer than 6 to 12 months. Northland Tools evaluation showed that the hydraulic nuts were not holding the assembly together causing premature spindle failure. We discussed this in detail and mutually decided to modify the spindle shaft to prevent this from occurring again. The first spindle we performed this on is still in the machine running like new after 3 years. That’s over three times the life of previous repairs and it’s still going strong. Easily over $40,000.00 of savings so far on that one machine and counting.

Northland Customer

Your people go above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to spindle repair. When we had difficulty with the spindle installation and we were able to talk directly to a spindle technician that helped us troubleshoot the issue it helped us out of a bind. We have sent several spindles to you and have nothing but great things to say.

Northland Customer

Thank you for your attention with my quick turn spindle repair. Your status updates allowed me to plan around machine downtime and I now know that you deliver on your promises. In the past other spindle repair vendors talked a big game and consistently failed to deliver. You not only delivered my spindle before the due date but you kept me informed throughout the entire repair process.

Northland Customer

You performed a miracle with my BIG PLUS spindle. After crashing the spindle severely damaging the taper we found that a replacement spindle was not only cost prohibitive but had a long delivery. Your repair was a fraction of the cost of new and you never would know that the spindle was damaged to the extent it was.

Northland Customer