Horizon 2020
The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation

Remote health check for machine tools

Machine tools are expensive investments that need frequent preventive maintenance. EU-funded researchers have devised new methods to keep them in peak condition through remote monitoring, cutting maintenance costs. Commercial prospects for the new technology are strong thanks to the industrial partners in the project.

The purchase of machine tools – such as lathes, grinding and milling machines – is a major investment for any manufacturing company. With tools costing up to €1 million and with a productive life of 15 years or more, owners want to minimise time out of service. The usual approach is a scheme of planned preventive maintenance to ensure that the machine is kept in good condition to forestall unnecessary breakdowns. Corrective maintenance is then applied when unexpected failures occur.

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