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How to Prevent Electrostatic Discharge From Damaging Your Electronics

A direct lightning strike WILL damage your equipment, no doubt about it!  But what about those tiny, almost unnoticeable surges of static referred to as electrostatic discharge (ESD)?  Those little surges are trouble makers too! Here’s how to prevent electrostatic discharge from damaging your electronics

There are two types of damage that occur from ESD:  The first is Catastrophic Damage which happens immediately and makes your equipment inoperable.  If this happens the damage is typically at a semiconductor junction or solder joint.   The good news about catastrophic damage is at least you know right away you have a problem.

Protect Your Drive Repair Investment!

infranor repairsREAL LIFE SOLUTIONS IN THE PLANT: Practice safe drive repairs! If you spent part of your already tight budget on drive repairs, or even for an expensive NEW drive, protect your investment! You can do this by troubleshooting your equipment that the drive came out of.  When troubleshooting, look for problems that may have caused the damage in the first place.

This situation is not rare and is frequently the cause of repeat problems. And the cause of repeat repair expenses! The pictured Infranor drive repair p/n SMT-BD1/1A-220/12-W-T-BS has damage in the brake circuit including a blown FET and some damaged traces.

Top 4 Reasons for VFD Failure and How to Prevent Them


drive repairsAre you getting over voltage faults from your VFD? Erratic operation? Hearing strange noises? VFD failure? Chances are you may need to change 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.

Can Your Water Damaged Circuit Boards Be Repaired?

water damaged circuit boardThe sad but simple answer to this question is some water damaged circuit boards can be repaired some of the time.  Once exposed to water, damage to your electronics begins within seconds – and the longer the exposure the worse the damage. Technically, it’s not really the water itself that is the real problem – but more on that later.

There are several variables you need to consider about whether your water damaged circuit board is repairable or not: Cost of circuit board replacement, Time exposed, Type of exposure, Delay- How long the damaged board sat before being repaired should all be considered.

6 Simple Tips for Encoder Repair and Troubleshooting

Encoder tips to diagnose problems… BEFORE sending out for encoder repair service.

repair for encodersIf motion control is important to your production, then your encoder is one of the keys to your success.  Encoders are exposed to shock, contaminants/oil, excess vibration, moisture, and high temperatures that regularly put their toughness to the test.

There’s a lot of encoders out there in industry, doing their job 24/7. These little workhorses include:  incremental aka quadrature encoders which uses a transparent disk with section equally spaced to determine movement; absolute encoders which use a photodetector and LED light source and a disk with concentric circle patterns; linear repairs for linear encodersencoders which  use a transducer or reading-head linked to a scale; magnetic rotary encoders which use hall effect sensors; and commutation encoders which are similar to incremental encoders but have commutation tracks along the outer edge of the disk.

Replace or Repair Damaged Industrial Electronics – The Hard Facts

Replace or Repair? How to make that decision and save time and money in your plant.Your production line went down due to electronic equipment failure and now you have to decide fast – replace or repair? Every minute down is killing your bottom line. When to hold and when to fold can be a gut decision (and often is) but there are some hard facts to be considered when making this critical decision.

The Hard Facts – To Replace or Repair Damaged Electronics:

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.

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!