In any situation, it’s important to make sure you’re using your money wisely and effectively. The same is true when it comes to ball screws. Make a good investment by learning how to get the most use out of your ball screw.
Choose the Right Ball Screw
If you want your ball screw to last as long as possible, make sure that you choose the right one from the start. Depending on what you’re using it for, you’ll need a different type of ball screw for different applications. For example, a ball screw with low accuracy and a low load capacity wouldn’t be effective or last long in a highly accurate machine with a very heavy load. Unless you want your ball screw to break prematurely, choose the right one for the job.
Keep It Well Maintained
One of the best ways to optimize your ball screw assembly is to keep it well maintained. Most ball screws—especially the varieties lubed for life—are fairly low maintenance. However, there are a few simple tasks you should do to keep your ball screw in good condition. First, clean your ball screw regularly, as any dirt or debris that finds its way into the assembly can cause premature wear and complications with the screw’s operation. Secondly, lubricate your ball screw as necessary. This will promote smooth operation by preventing the components of the screw assembly from rubbing directly against one another. With the proper maintenance, your ball screw will have a longer lifespan.
Repair Your Ball Screw
You may be surprised to learn that in many cases, it’s far more cost-effective to repair or refurbish a used ball screw rather than to replace it altogether. Common issues such as worn-down threads or ball bearings, slightly bent shafts, and minor chipping can all be repaired by a qualified ball screw repair company. Typically, it’s worth repairing rather than replacing your ball screw if its level of wear is 80 percent or less.
Now that you know how to get the most use out of your ball screw, you’ll be able to make the best choices regarding the purchase, maintenance, and repair of your ball screws. Whether you’re in need of a brand-new ball screw or want to take advantage of our ball screw repair services, Wedin International, Inc. is here for you. Contact us about our services. We’re happy to answer any questions you have.