- Whitney Overview
The most problematic axis on the Whitney systems is the refurbishment of the X-Axis ball screw which moves the sheet material. This screw is a Japanese type assembly with an external rotation bearing. There are no provisions on this machine to lubricate the ball screw. Meaning that after 3-5+ years of operation, the screw is often worn to the point of destruction. What many Whitney Plasma/Punch owners do not know, is that there ball screws are rebuildable at a fraction of the cost of purchasing a new one. Without the lead time waiting for removal, core exchange, shipping, and reinstallation. The rebuilding of the X-Axis in your machine, will typically take Ballscrew Guys 5-6 hours.
The Y-Axis and V-Axis are far for simple to rebuild and repair. But because these are exposed ball screws without protective covers, they are often contaminated quickly. Reducing the service life and accuracy of the ball screw. It is not uncommon that in high output and volume shops, that these screws need to be refurbished annually.