What makes this rebuild different?
Last March we took on a challenge. A long-time and valued customer came to us with a project. The project was to take a Mori Seiki that was left out in the elements for an extended period of time and to rebuild it.
But before Mike Rossi, founder of Rossi Machinery Services, would put his approval on this project, we suggested an evaluation process first. Mike Rossi is well known for his talents as a machine tool* technician and rebuilder,** but also for his honest recommendations to his customers.
If Mike doesn't think a rebuild or repair will be cost efficient, he will tell you. That's what sets us apart from our competition. We won't spend your money if there is no benefit to you. We build relationships with our customers ;many of whom have been with us since we began over 20 years ago.
Charged with this process we evaluated the Mori Seiki and found it repairable. This was determined first by evaluating both the control and the body of this machine. The control woke up immediately but would not stay awake. This would be a deal breaker if we could not determine (within the customer's
budget) that the control was lost.
The back story on the Mori Seiki is unique in that it was purchased from a warehouse where it was exposed to the elements for an extended period of time. Rusted with some broken pieces we shipped it into our rebuild center. What makes this story different from the many machines purchased from warehouses is that it was repairable. The Mori was only under an awning and truly was exposed to rain, snow, and heat. CNC machines' controls are fragile and lack of care could end a machines' life.
Our first task in the evaluation process was to disassemble the machine.
*** Each component was then evaluated & the control was troubleshot. Since the control was able to wake up we felt that it was a matter of eliminating the possible reasons that the control would not stay awake.
Troubleshooting, ***like rebuilding is an art. Not everyone can troubleshoot with skills that result in a solution. Mike determined that the bubble memory on the Mori Seiki should keep it from losing all memory and thus becoming useless.
Verifying that all the circumstances for a "good" memory were in place, Mike troubleshot and found the issue. Once this was established and we reported our results to the owner.
He gave his blessing for the process to begin. Today, with a working control, new parts & repaired parts and a great face lift, the Mori Seiki will be going back -production ready.
Definition sources: Wikipedia, Gear Solutions.