ACS Industrial Services Blog

How to Eliminate Unplanned Downtime In Your Plant

Prevent unplanned downtime in your plantAre you suffering from an expensive case of downtime – the unplanned kind? Unplanned downtime in manufacturing is a budget-killer like no other.  Some estimates put the average cost at $7,900 per MINUTE and its rising! It’s frustrating to watch production come to a stop and deliveries go unmet.  Finger-pointing is a waste of time, so let’s get to it.

If you want to identify and prevent machine failures resulting in downtime you need to be willing to look in all directions including, possibly, at yourself. Why? Because industrial catastrophes are rarely caused by a single person or event.   According to the NTSB, typically between 12-14 events have to coincide before a failure actually occurs.

3 Key Tips to Extend the Life of Your Printed Circuit Boards

printed circuit board repairsAs you probably know by now, printed circuit boards don’t last forever, even the very expensive ones inside your industrial equipment.   But did you know that you can extend the life of your circuit boards and potentially put off the need for circuit board repairs a little longer?

The number one reason printed circuit boards need repair is aging components.  There’s not much you can do about that.  The second biggest reason they end up in repair is damage caused by dirt, heat, moisture, and neglect/accidents.  Now THAT is something you can control.

Top 4 Reasons for VFD Failure and How to Prevent Them


drive repairsAre you getting over voltage faults from your VFD? Annoying erratic operation? Hearing strange noises? VFD failure? Chances are you may need to change up your use and maintenance routines for your VFD and probably other equipment too.  As a rule, VFDs are reliable as hell. But like most things, they have their critical needs, and sadly, their breaking points.

A variable frequency drive (VFD) controls the speed, torque, and direction of an AC motor. This sounds pretty basic, but the electronic guts of the operation are actually complicated and need consistent maintenance by qualified operators.

Manufacturing Trends That Will Affect You in 2016

Manufacturing Trends 2016

Manufacturing will never be the same again, but mostly in good ways! That’s the takeaway from all of our research. To save you time, we sifted through scores of tech and manufacturing trends articles** and surveyed our staff to identify key trends and business outlooks that we think will affect you – manufacturing, industrial, and commercial enterprises – in 2016 and beyond.

This year, more than any year in our collective memory, what used to be considered industrial science fiction has become reality.   And it is all very interconnected and interdependent.

Easy Tips to Decode Your Industrial Electronic Repair Report

Simple electronic repair reportingIs your repair report baffling you? Wondering what in the heck those techs did?  Many purchasers of industrial electronic repairs are very knowledgeable about electronics, but more than a few are not.  And just for the record, we agree, repair reports can sometimes be mysterious and confusing.

Fear not! Knowledge is power and for those folks who don’t have a strong knowledge of electronic repair terms, we created an “electronics repair cheat sheet” of parts and terms frequently seen on repair reports for industrial electronic equipment.  Never be in the dark again!

6 Top Tips to Extend the Life of Your Power Supply

ACS Repairs Lambda Power Supplies

Power supplies – they are ever present for most of us, both at work and at home.  They come in all sizes and levels of quality and for myriad purposes.   Even so, they have some things in common – their universal dislike of moisture, heat, and dirt – which I like to refer to as the electronic axis of evil. Here are 6 top tips to extend the life of your power supply and avoid having to replace or repair your power supply:

Tips on Saving Money in Your Plant

How to save more money in your plantI am always interested in understanding where our customers are coming from. Despite some improvement in the economy, we still hear a lot of concern about needing to “produce more while spending less”.

Today’s tips are for helping you “do more with less” and saving money in your plant. No matter what your role at the plant, you are held accountable to find ways to squeeze more out of poor old Abe.

One relatively painless way most plants can save money is by reducing energy costs. For most manufacturers energy costs are their first or second highest expense making it a great place to begin. Here are 10 tips you can start with:

6 Signs Your Industrial Logic / Circuit Board Has Gone Bad


circuit board repairsMaybe your production came to an abrupt halt, or you are getting all kinds of beeping and error codes from your industrial electronics.  These are potentially expensive problems to have when it means production is affected. You want to get answers fast!

Here are a few signs that your logic circuit board has gone bad and repairs or replacement could be needed:

  1. Error codes on operator’s screen – pretty good indicator that complete failure is about to occur
  2. Warning beeps – this is a head’s up; go check your manual for more information before a catastrophic failure occurs

Help for Water Damaged Industrial Electronic Equipment

Bosch circuit board with water damage

This corroded, water damaged circuit board was repairable!

Has it rained near you in the past 48 hours?  Probably.  Nearly every state in the U.S. has experienced heavy rains and flooding this spring.  With the floods came the resulting water damaged industrial electronic equipment.  Seems like there is always another storm right behind the last one with barely a chance to catch your breath and assess the damage.

Water and electronics are not friends. They are about as likely as Steelers and Ravens fans to make nice. If your best efforts to keep your industrial electronics dry have failed, do not despair.  Water damaged electronics, as well as overheated electronics (for you parched Californians) are often repairable.

Tips for Buying Used Industrial Electronics

Vickers S40 CNC controllerBuyer beware! Caveat emptor….you’ve heard it many times.  And when buying used industrial electronics (or anything for that matter) be hyper alert for problems.  This 1986 Vickers controller S40 was purchased second hand for use in a sheet metal fabricating shop.

As it turned out, the controller did have more than a few problems.  Soon after purchase the Y Axis controller was losing Y values during a run which the customer kept to a minimum by cooling with an external fan.  Months later the unit was failing on start up. When this unit is working properly the L5 L6 L7 all light up ready to work but the customer ended up with just the L4 lighting.