Upgrading a Hines Industries balancer with new electronics is an opportunity to blend the machine’s time-tested durability with modern efficiency. Hines balancers, known for their sturdy construction, are ideal for such upgrades. The process is not just about extending the machine’s life but also about injecting it with contemporary features that enhance its functionality.


Do I need to upgrade my balancing machine?

When considering whether to upgrade your Hines balancing machine, a critical question to ask is: are your current balancing results meeting the high standards and precision you envision? With outdated electronics, the effectiveness and accuracy of your balancing process might not be as optimal as you believe.
Upgrading to modern balancing electronics can be a game-changer in this context. The advanced technology in these systems not only enhances the accuracy of the balancing process but also makes it easier to validate and prove your results. Modern electronics bring a level of precision and reliability that outdated systems might lack, ensuring that each part and assembly is balanced with the utmost effectiveness.


One of the key aspects of upgrading with ProBal is our commitment to transparency and verification in the balancing process. We understand the importance of not just achieving precise balance but also being able to demonstrate and report these results confidently. To this end, every upgrade or full replacement machine we provide includes a thoroughly vetted proving rotor. This inclusion is essential to our process, serving as a benchmark to validate the machine’s performance and the accuracy of the balancing results.


Am I getting the service and support that I deserve?

When it comes to your Hines balancing machine, one vital aspect to assess is the level of ongoing support and service. As machines age and OEM support potentially decreases, it becomes increasingly important to have swift and reliable assistance. The concern lies in how quickly and effectively you can resolve any operational issues, as downtime in precision balancing can significantly disrupt your workflow and productivity.

ProBal offers a comprehensive solution by retrofitting your Hines balancer, focusing not just on the hardware upgrade but also on enhancing the support framework. Our service includes in-depth familiarity with balancing equipment challenges, backed by an array of support options. With ProBal, you gain access to email and phone support, complemented by the capability for real-time remote technical assistance. Our specialists can directly engage with your system for troubleshooting, setup help, or general queries, ensuring minimal downtime.

Therefore, reflect on whether your current Hines machine support is satisfactory. If you’re looking for a service that provides both advanced technological updates and steadfast support, ProBal’s retrofit services for Hines machines might be your ideal solution, keeping your equipment reliable and efficient for the long haul.


Should I just buy a new machine?

When deciding whether to retrofit or invest in a new machine, several factors come into play. Cost is a significant consideration; retrofitting is often far more budget-friendly. If the machine is already down, retrofitting can lead to a faster return to operation. However, if new correction methods are required, such as installing a drill press, purchasing a new machine might be more viable. Retrofitting offers customization and updates that keep the machine relevant and efficient, making it an intelligent choice for those looking to enhance their equipment without the substantial expense of new machinery or tooling that you’re already familiar with.

How difficult is it to upgrade my Hines balancing machine?

The process of integrating new electronics into a Hines balancer is surprisingly straightforward. The design of these machines, especially their hard-bearing structure and straightforward sensor mounting, lends itself well to an uncomplicated upgrade. The installation of piezoelectric sensors, for instance, involves reversing the existing sensor mounting block, a task that can be accomplished with minimal technical know-how.
Similarly, the encoder installation utilizes existing structures, ensuring a seamless integration. The encoder is easily mounted on an adjustable post attached to the column, utilizing a pre-existing hole.

What is the difference between a turnkey installation and a self-install kit?


Turnkey Installations:

This option involves having one or more of our technicians come onsite to install the new electronics. The benefits here are manifold. Firstly, the experience and expertise of our technicians ensure that the installation is flawless and that the machine is calibrated precisely for optimal performance. Secondly, this option includes onsite training, allowing your team to understand the nuances of the upgraded system from the experts who know it best. This can be invaluable in ensuring smooth operation and troubleshooting post-installation.



For those who prefer a more hands-on approach or are looking to reduce costs, a self-install kit can be an attractive option. Our kits come with comprehensive instructions, designed to guide you through each step of the process. Additionally, phone and remote support from our technicians are always available, ensuring that you have expert guidance at every turn. This option can be particularly appealing to those who have a technical background and are comfortable with machine maintenance.


Which one should I choose?

When deciding between a turnkey installation and a self-install kit, consider the technical expertise available within your team and the complexity of the installation. If your team is technically adept and comfortable with machinery upgrades, a self-install kit could be a cost-effective and satisfying choice. However, for those who prefer assurance and comprehensive training, a turnkey installation by our seasoned technicians is the recommended route.


Considerations for Upgrading Hines Balancing Machines: Vertical, Overhung, and Extended Base Models

When deciding to upgrade a Hines balancing machine with modern electronics, the specific style and design of your machine play role in determining the most effective upgrade approach.


Vertical Machines and Purpose-Built Overhung Models:

Vertical balancing machines, due to their unique configuration and complexity, often present a different set of challenges compared to horizontal balancers. Most vertical balancing machines are built to balance a specific set of parts instead of being universal. The intricacies involved in retrofitting these machines, especially if significant changes are required to adapt new parts to the spindle for balancing, make it more practical to handle the upgrade process at ProBal’s facility. This in-house turnkey process allows for a thorough and detailed upgrade, ensuring that every aspect of the machine is meticulously inspected and calibrated.

Similarly, purpose-built overhung machines, particularly those with permanently mounted spindles, might also benefit from an in-house approach. Transporting these machines to our facility allows our technicians to comprehensively assess and modify the machine, leveraging the full range of our tools, machining capabilities, and expertise.


Longer Machines and Extended Base Models:

For Hines balancing machines with longer or extended bases, the logistics of shipping such large and multi-piece equipment across the country can be impractical and prohibitively costly. In such cases, an on-site turnkey installation is often the more viable option. This approach enables our technicians to perform the retrofit at your location, ensuring that the upgrade process is both cost-effective and minimally disruptive to your operations.

So where do I go now?

Choosing between an in-house turnkey upgrade and an on-site installation depends on several factors, including the complexity of the machine, logistical considerations, and the specific needs of your operation. In-house upgrades are ideal for intricate machine styles where comprehensive changes are needed, while on-site installations are better suited for larger machines where shipping challenges outweigh the convenience of an off-site upgrade.

In upgrading your Hines balancer, you’re not just retrofitting it with new parts; you’re effectively transforming it into a machine that’s ready to meet the demands of modern industry. Whether you choose a turnkey installation or a self-install kit, the goal remains the same: to enhance your Hines balancer’s accuracy, efficiency, and longevity, ensuring it continues to be a valuable asset in your operational toolkit.

At ProBal, we are committed to guiding you through this decision-making process, ensuring that your Hines balancing machine receives the optimal upgrade solution tailored to its specific design and your operational needs. Our goal is to enhance your machine’s performance and reliability, regardless of its style, through a retrofit process that aligns with your logistical preferences and budgetary considerations.

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