Spindle Maintenance for Smaller Shops

Relatively affordable equipment and a basic understanding of why spindles fail can help manufacturers stop potential problems in their tracks.

Although they don’t provide the full analysis capability of a data collector with dedicated software, vibration pens provide an affordable and effective means of trending spindle performance.


Vibration monitoring is a key tool in the arsenal of any professional spindle service provider, but the means to bring this task in-house are more accessible than many shops may realize. Rick Thompson, senior spindle product engineer at Gilman Precision, says vibration pens can provide an economical way for small and medium operations without the resources for more advanced equipment to adopt a proactive approach to spindle maintenance. This can help avoid scrapped parts, machine crashes, unexpected downtime and worse. Click here to learn more about these products, as well as some simple steps shops can take to keep spindles spinning.