GMN TSSV 100-60000 Spindle Repair

GMN TSSV 100-60000 Spindle Repair

The GMN TSSV 100-60000 is a very high speed ID grinding spindle.  It comes fitted with oil mist lubrication, stator driven, and capable of running up to 60,000 rpm.



CHALLENGE

When this GMN TSSV 100-60000 spindle arrived at Northland Tool and Electronics, the first things we noted was that the bearings felt stiff when rotated by hand in assembly incoming.  After fully disassembling and evaluating the spindle, we were surprised to see that the bearings that were removed had steel rolling elements and were not rated for the maximum speed of this spindle model.  The rear bearing pair races were discolored, showing evidence of high heat.  We then measured the critical dimensions (bearing journals, housing, taper, etc.) and found a few unacceptable deviations.  First, the tooling pilot ID had 8µ runout and the pilot face had 10µ runout.  Lastly, the 17mm front and 15mm rear bearing journals were worn very undersized and measured double ISO on both.

 

SOLUTION

The following actions were performed on this GMN TSSV 100-60000 spindle:

  • Clean, inspect overall dimensions
  • Grind, chrome plate, and finish grind (GPG) the tooling pilot ID
  • GPG the 17mm front and 15mm rear bearing journals
  • Kiss grind the pilot face
  • Upgrade to bearings with ceramic rolling elements to match the spindle speed rating
  • Replace o-rings and assembly screws

RESULT

After reassembly of all components, adjusting bearing preload, and undergoing break-in and testing procedures, this spindle passed our final quality inspection before being returned to our customer with a 1-year warranty.

DETAILED CAUSE OF FAILURE

  • Rotating parts laid out for evaluation

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I really didn’t expect this; You guys really pulled it off! My many thanks to your outstanding crew for helping us get back into production.
— Dan Eaton, Taylor Metalworks
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 NTE 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
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