Maintaining Your Equipment
The maintenance of a CNC laser cutting machine can often be overlooked when making the decision to purchase a laser cutting machine. However, the cost of maintenance should be factored in when deciding on investing in a CNC laser cutting machine. It’s important to look at all the factors of managing the maintenance of a laser cutter machine. Being aware can help to cut the costs of operating the equipment for the lifetime of the machine.
One factor to be aware of is keeping spare parts in stock. The best way to do this is to create an agreement with a machine tool builder, or even a third party builder to maintain a modest supply of important spare parts that are critical to maintenance. Stay away from keeping the more expensive parts in stock. Parts can get damaged or misplaced in the storage process and in the end, it’s not worth the risk. The downside to this is when a part does need to be replaced and it’s not onhand, production stops. To minimize this risk, make sure the supplier stocks the parts locally and can be counted on to make a prompt delivery. Steps can also be made to oversee the CNC laser cutting machine to spot problems before they need work in order to make a order for the part before it breaks.
To create more peace of mind for the owner of the CNC laser cutting machine, extended warranties and insurance for the equipment will ensure that if anything were to go wrong, the owner is covered. Make sure to be knowledgeable on what the warranty actually covers and what the contract terms are. This will make it easy when the time comes to file warranty or insurance claims.
To ensure that the proper maintenance is managed for the CNC laser cutting machine, it’s recommended that the maintenance schedule is followed that is provided by the machine builder. The team in charge of maintenance should also keep a record of what maintenance has been provided and conditions of the machine should also be noted. By following these tips, the maintenance of your laser cutting machine will be kept up to date and the likelihood of machine breakdown and a pause in production will be kept to a minimum.