In any centering application, the accuracy of the parts produced is no better than the accuracy of the centers holding the work piece. The accuracy and service life of a live or dead center can also be dramatically affected by today's high-horsepower machines, aggressive machining parameters, and high-pressure coolant applications.
Premature center failure is typically caused by misapplication of a center, excessive tailstock force, or high part weight -- all of which can result in producing chatter, greatly reduced accuracy, and out-of-spec parts.
A byproduct of these service life issues is that the centers must be replaced more frequently as they wear or break. The cost of replacement, not to mention loss of production time due to frequent changeover, can escalate costs, often to dizzying levels.
In response to this dilemma, Riten Industries continues to expand its nationally recognized repair and trade-in exchange service programs. Exclusive to the North American market for complete restoration, these programs deliver fast and economical solutions to extending end-users' investment far beyond the normal life of average centers to achieve maximum uptime.
Notably, Riten can repair/restore to "like new" condition their standard centers and face drivers (as well as industry competitor's products) for a fraction of the cost of new tools. If practical repair is not possible, trade-in is available for live centers and face drivers.
Family owned since 1933, all Riten products are Made-in-the-USA with thousands in stock and built to order in a 35,000 sq. ft. facility in Central Ohio. The engineering team boasts extensive knowledge in the sciences of rotational dynamics, metallurgy, mechanurgy, and lubrication technology. Riten's repair/trade-in department has specific manufacturing cells set up with dedicated equipment.
Additionally, a staff of approximately 7-9 engineers are continually devoted to repairing all makes of centers for industry-specific applications in the aerospace, automotive, defense, and medical markets, etc.
According to Riten's National Sales Manager, Kent Hizer, "In most cases larger companies have huge overhead, so establishing a dedicated repair operation is not profitable for them. Lead times and costs also make this prohibitive, and for end-users lead time is key. Our dedicated programs are built to deliver with turnaround time typically being 1-2 weeks. Also, emergency repairs can be delivered in as little as 1-2 days."
Each Riten product category undergoes and adheres to a dedicated Five-Step Remanufacturing Process: Receipt, Inspection, Quotation, Repair, Testing & Certification. Ultimately, this delivers total "peak efficiency" center reconditioning, as all rebuilt centers are restored to original accuracy and receive the same factory warranty as a new center.
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