The machining capability at Westin Drives has been enhanced by the arrival of a CNC lathe. With a little help from our team, it was delivered to our precision engineering department.
The benefits to customers of this sophisticated machine include:
The provision of CAD software on the lathe allows our engineers to design bespoke components for customers or to import their files in DXF format. After the completion of a job, files can be stored for repeat work.
It also means that a particular design can be manufactured tens, hundreds or thousands of times – and each finished product will be identical.
Our machine shop supervisor said: "We are pleased that this new extension of our capability offers significant benefits to established and potential customers."
When a 57-tooth triplex sprocket failed on a conveyor belt at a Yorkshire quarry, the company turned to the precision engineering department at Westin Drives for a solution.
The worn sprocket was no longer obtainable so our machine shop supervisor Matt Phillips, right, set about making a new component from scratch. Manufacturing bespoke components is one of our specialities.
Detailed calculations were made to establish the optimum curve of the 57 teeth to ensure their durability. The triplex sprocket was then turned on a lathe before being cut on a CNC milling machine in a project that took three days from start to finish.
To give our customers the best electric motor rewind service, Westin Drives has invested in a portable, 12kV surge tester.
This sophisticated device is employed to diagnose problems with motor windings that arrive for repair at our Huddersfield Service Centre. It is also used for the final check on all finished jobs before they are returned to the customer.
Surge tests are vital because they are capable of revealing turn-to-turn insulation weaknesses. Such weaknesses, found at voltages above the operating potential of the device under test, can be signs of the impending failure of a motor. Surge tests are also used to find shorts and other faults in windings and coils.
An added benefit is that it can be taken on site for the swift diagnosis of a problem or trending the condition of a winding over time as part of a predictive maintenance plan.
In addition, the surge tester generates a comprehensive report on the state of each tested winding, which is then provided to the customer.