Even the most high-quality crankshafts will eventually need reconditioning. The question that many individuals and companies have, however, is how long does a crankshaft last before reconditioning is required? Crankshaft reconditioning can depend on a number of factors, we explain them and more below.
What is a crankshaft?
A crankshaft is a piece of machinery which rotates to convert reciprocating motion into rotational motion. They commonly appear in engines but can also be found in compressors and other large machinery, for example, such as mining, marine and power generation equipment.
What is conditioning and why is it required?
Conditioning is the process of training or monitoring a piece of equipment to ensure it is creating the desired outcomes. For example, condition monitoring is used to analyse whether a machine has any faults and whether or not the condition of the machine meets certain set standards.
What are the benefits of reconditioning?
Reconditioning is beneficial as it prevents issues before they have the chance to arise. By reconditioning your crankshaft regularly, you can gain a deeper understanding of how your crankshaft is operating and what factors may be causing it to work inefficiently. By reconditioning your machine before major issues arise, you limit the downtime of your crankshaft as you are staying ahead of risks and monitoring the condition of the crankshaft.
How long do crankshafts last before reconditioning is required?
There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question as different factors can affect how often a crankshaft needs reconditioning. Factors that affect crankshaft reconditioning include…
• How frequently the crankshaft is used (running hours)
• The environmental conditions of where the crankshaft is located
• How old the crankshaft is
• What industry is the crankshaft being used for
• How frequently the crankshaft is replaced
It is best, therefore, to speak to an expert machining company and receive a personal quote about how often a crankshaft needs reconditioning. In general, however, a crankshaft should be reconditioned any time the bearings show signs of abnormal or increased wear, high oil temperatures/pressures or when early signs of machine failure are noticed.
If you’d like an expert company to provide crankshaft reconditioning services for you, contact In-Situ today. We provide crankshaft machining and crankshaft repair services you can count on. For more information about our crankshaft repair service, or crankshaft reconditioning in general, do not hesitate to contact us today.