Custom Fabrication Services

CNC MillingCustom fabrication to repair rotating machinery can help add years to the life of equipment that may be too expensive – or even impossible – to replace easily. If your equipment has rotating parts, chances are good we can refurbish or repair it with our comprehensive custom fabrication services, saving you time and money.

Rotating equipment can take a beating in many commercial and industrial settings. Heavy use, constant loads, and spotty maintenance can all take a toll on the performance and reliability of turbines, pumps, gearboxes, compressors, and other machinery with rotating components. When it breaks down, we can often design and fabricate replacement parts that are better and will last much longer than the original equipment.

Rotating shafts are especially subject to stresses and strains that can eventually cause them to go out of balance and fail. Fortunately, shaft repairs are a specialty here at HI-TEK and sometimes custom fabrication is a solution that enables the shaft to be repaired in place. In our experience, producing a custom thick wall sleeve and inventing a different bearing arrangement using brackets and different style bearings is the answer. Shaft sleeve kits for onsite fabrication can usually be produced from photographs and basic measurements taken by on-site maintenance personnel. The sleeve kit can straddle the worn area, eliminating the need to replace the shaft, minimizing equipment downtime and unnecessary expense.

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What is a Knee Mill?

Welcome to Hi-Tek Balancing!Here at Hi-Tek Balancing, we work with quite a few different types of machines regularly. Each of our machines fulfills a slightly different purpose, enabling us to create and repair complicated machine parts for many types of equipment. This month we’d like to explain a little about our knee mills. A knee mill is a milling machine that has an x-y table that can be adjusted vertically up and down the column. They are also sometimes referred to as a knee-and-column mill. Most other types of milling machines have x-y tables that are stationary instead. As you can imagine, this gives us more flexibility in the shop. Continue reading “What is a Knee Mill?”