In a recent webinar, I received this question form one of our participants…
How often should my maintenance department level our injection molding machines?
It depends… but typically larger machines should be levelled every 6 months. The smaller machines tend to be more stable and rigid, requiring levelling every 12 months.
What is even more important is the fact that you need to measure any machine that is new to your facility every 3 months for the first year. Many molders assume that newer machines require less attention, but it may take up to a year for the machine to settle in.
Keep in mind, you should always level the machine by placing the level on the tie bars. Although bubble levels can be used, a laser level is significantly more effective at measuring the levelness of the machine. Clean off the tie bar before measuring and use a grooved level so that it properly rests on the tie bar.