A ball screw assembly plays a critical role in converting motion and mechanical precision. Ball screws are one of the single most important features of many working industrial machines. These points of motion are subject to increased wear and tear. Before scrapping a machine altogether, it’s worth noting how to diagnose and repair the ball screw assembly. So, here is a quick overview of some of the processes that go into a repair.
Why Ball Screw Assemblies Fail
Ball screw assemblies experience a lot of wear and tear. There are many reasons these mechanisms can fail. Most commonly, the factors that increase failure include operating errors, poor machine maintenance, misalignment, poor design quality, and normal wear over time.
It’s essential to note that almost always the machine will send a warning sign or signal that the inner workings, specifically the ball screw assembly, need your attention.
Potential Warning Signs
Heat or contaminant deterioration are two common indicators of a failing ball screw. Generally, the assembly will show corrosion or pitting, and this is the first warning of an environmental factor.
Another common warning sign is a loss in accuracy. This loss is a clear indicator that the ball screw assembly is experiencing normal wear and is ready for replacement or repairs.
Repairing vs. Replacing
Replacing an entire ball screw and nut mechanism is a costly and timely service. It is better to consider repairing the ball screw assembly. By understanding the potential warning signs and staying ahead of machine productivity, you will gain a peculiar awareness of when to perform a repair and how long these services will hinder your workflow processes.
Typically, applying lubrication can prolong the life of the ball screw mechanism. Other things to consider include custom fit inspections with your manufacturer and threading adjustments.
At Wedin, we understand how important it is to have trustworthy and dependable ball screw repair services to maintain your facility’s operation. We specialize in quality, custom ball screw requests, and can service existing mechanisms. Connect with us today to learn more about how we can help you!