Lee Industrial Contracting specializes in the installation and maintenance of all types of industrial equipment, aiding in a variety of plant projects and industrial operations daily. The need for such equipment, maintenance and service is vital to the continued operations of many plants. Therefore, mechanical press rebuilds are a priority. The process for such a rebuild is intensive, but a capable and experienced contractor understands the need to follow procedure, ensuring the solution and continued function of your press.
The first part of the rebuild process is to inspect the equipment thoroughly. Examining the press will ensure that the team can identify the problem areas and come up with a viable solution and explanation that can be provided to the client. There are many elements that must be checked for damage, but there are a couple that are among the most vital.
The crown is the uppermost portion of the structural weldment and includes the cylinders that drive the ram motion. This element is made up of shafts, gears and bushings that if damaged or misaligned will create an issue with task execution.
The ram is the portion of the press that creates the pressure and movement of the process. It can move horizontally or vertically, and if damaged causes issues with the press cycle. Also, it is attached to cylinders which may be damaged resulting in speed, pressure and consistency issues.
Disassembly and Gathering of Required Materials
As with most press repair companies, a full inspection may require partial disassembly. However, once the issue is discovered and the clients have agreed with the plan of action, complete disassembly is likely, especially when one of the critical internal components need replacing. While a press is being taken apart, the essential pieces and tools are being gathered for repair and replacement. Additionally, if there is any welding needed to repair minor damage, it will also be completed at this stage.
Machining and Welding
Once all the necessary elements are gathered, an experienced repair team will begin fixing the damaged components by replacing necessary gears, shafts or other mechanical elements. However, sometimes mass-produced parts will not fit into custom presses or machines. Therefore, it may be necessary to perform machining tasks on-site to ensure the proper fit and function of replacement parts. Once again, welding will be used to secure essential elements and ensure the durability and longevity of any permanent fixture repairs.
Assembly and Testing
The last phase of the repair process is to reassemble the machine press and test the repair. While inspections have been performed to ensure the solution of the initial problem, reassembly is where this solution becomes more than a hypothesis. Once all components have been reinstalled, the repair team will test the press, putting it through a few different tasks to make sure that all repairs hold and that there are no other persistent issues. If any other problems arise at this stage, then the team will start the process over to make sure that your equipment works correctly before moving on to another client.
Mechanical presses are vital components to the continued operations of most industrial organizations. Therefore, when one breaks down, you need to find a repair team that will take the time to go through the entire repair process, from inspection to testing. While it is easy to assume that any industrial contracting company can handle such a job, why not go with a company with an established reputation. As a leading and recognized industrial contracting company, Lee Industrial Contracting has a highly skilled machine repair team. Contact a representative today by calling (888) 833-8776 for all your repair needs.