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New Service Evaluates Machine Tool Capability and Condition in Less than Three Hours

Fives Global Services' new ProCheck machinery evaluation provides a detailed report on the condition and capability of machine tools and other major plant equipment, before purchasing or using systems for critical manufacturing.

"Predictive maintenance inspections with ProCheck help avert unscheduled downtime and reduce scrap by ensuring machine tool capability before running critical parts," said Gary Finney, Vice President and General Manager of Fives Global Services. "A ProCheck inspection takes less than three hours and includes a detailed report, all for $600 per machine."

Multiple Critical Systems Inspected

A ProCheck inspection for machine tools begins with a 3-axis ballbar test that evaluates 11 areas including circularity, squareness, backlash, axis reversal spikes and straightness. Other tests include:

According to Fives Manager of Technology Solutions Mel Gay, the ProCheck package of services is unique in its scope and low cost. "A ballbar check alone can cost $1000 from an outside contractor, but ProCheck includes inspection of multiple machine systems, with a variety of appropriate tools, by a person trained in using those tools," he said. "As a builder of large machining systems, we have a unique background in managing the 'health' of complex equipment, and ProCheck offers that capability to the industry for a nominal cost."

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