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The Benefits of Lab Equipment Repair Services

When you own and operate a lab, the performance of  your equipment is vital. Not only does it need to be correctly calibrated and functioning, it also needs to be reliable. You can’t have precious equipment breakdown or malfunction at the wrong time – or any time.

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That’s why it’s so important to have a reliable lab equipment repair service at your disposal. In addition to recalibrating and fixing any problems, these services can also lengthen the lifetime of your equipment. You won’t have to find the money in your budget to pay for new lab equipment when what you own is in highly maintained condition.

Preventative Maintenance

One of the main benefits of lab equipment repair services is preventative maintenance. In addition to saving money, these plans also help increase productivity. It’s easier to plan around a scheduled maintenance appointment than having to scramble if a crucial piece of equipment suddenly stops working. 

This approach also allows a lab to budget money in advance, instead of having to pay higher fees for emergency repairs and a quick turnaround. Finally, preventative maintenance prolongs the life of your equipment – saving you having to make a sizable investment in new equipment.

Professional Relationships

Another key benefit to lab equipment repair services is creating a trusting and professional relationship with your preferred maintenance provider. Besides receiving accurate and honest feedback, you’ll also create a network of professionals who speak your language and have your best interests in mind.

When you can establish this type of relationship, it also saves money and time spent sending out requests for proposals and repair time. You know who you are dealing with and what they will charge in advance, which eliminates time consuming steps that will severely hinder the output of your lab.

Remaining Accredited

Depending upon the industry your lab services, there are a variety of standards and guidelines that must be followed. In order to stay in compliance, lab equipment must be operating within these guidelines. Lab equipment repair companies can ensure that this is the case by providing their services on a scheduled routine. In some cases, this type of service is mandated by the organization that monitors compliance.

ACS Can Help

ACS Services has been providing test instrument and lab repair services for two decades, and our clients will tell you that our services are unparalleled. We will repair your equipment and also make sure that they are calibrated to NIST traceable standards.

Our techs can handle repair for most popular brands and manufacturers, including the following:

Our goal is to provide accurate evaluation followed by a free quote. Most of our repairs will be back in your hands in 7-15 days, with our Rush Repair Service shipping in just 2-5 days. Plus, we guarantee all of our repairs with a full two year-warranty.

Send your item today for expert repair and calibration of your electronic test & laboratory equipment. One of our knowledgeable customer service reps is waiting to answer your questions and provide professional electronic repair solutions. Please contact us at 800-605-6419. Or click here for our no-charge repair form.

tips for keeping up with electronics maintenance

5 Tips for Keeping Up with Electronics Maintenance

Properly maintaining your company’s electronics helps to ensure that the job gets done correctly and efficiently, all while getting your money’s worth. 

There are several practices your company can use to make sure your business’s industrial electronics stay up to date, up to code, and working efficiently. Below are five tips for keeping up with electronics maintenance:

1. Implement Preventive Measures

Be sure to access your company’s electronic library and decide what preventative measures need to be taken to protect each device. For example, does your company use many iPads? Consider investing in industrial-strength cases to prevent damage on the job site. 

There are several different types of electronics and many solutions on the market to keep them safe, so be sure to check out what’s best for your company. It could end up saving lots of time and money in the long run. 

2. Perform Software Updates 

For electronics that require software, checking for updates regularly ensures that they continue working properly and can prevent security issues. Stay up to date with the manufacturer for the latest upgrades and updates – they may even offer an email list that provides information every time an update is released.

3. Set Up a Routine

So many of us live by Google calendars these days – and there’s a reason for that. They give us the reminders that we need and keep us on track for work, events, and more. Whatever platform your organization uses to schedule meetings can also be used to schedule regular maintenance, whether that means bringing a contractor in or having your in-house IT department handle it.

This routine can help you catch issues earlier, reducing costs and preventing potentially dangerous mishaps. 

4. Clean All Devices

Before cleaning, be sure to unplug all electrical devices to avoid harm. Once safety precautions have been taken, it is essential to clean all electronics thoroughly. For example, does your business use machines daily? If so, consider cleaning all aspects of the device with the proper tools and using products to lubricate the moving parts to keep them running smoothly. 

5. Store Properly 

When employees or customers are done using electronics at the end of the day, they must be appropriately stored to increase longevity. Consider sorting all devices and tools by size or use and ensuring that each is still protected from harm. This keeps them safe and promotes positive organizational habits, which result in easy access in times of need. 

Rotationally molded hard cases can be a good way to both store and ship electronics while keeping them safe Also, be sure that all electronics are stored in a cool, dry area, out of direct sunlight. 

ACS Industrial Services, Inc. has been providing fast and reliable electronic repair services for virtually all types of commercial and industrial equipment since 1999—well over 26,000 repairs completed!

In addition to expert repairs, preventive maintenance is completed at the time of service, allowing ACS to offer a comprehensive 2 Year Warranty on your entire unit. We stand behind our work! We want our customers to feel confident their repaired items will go back into service as soon as they get them back.

To learn more about how we can help your business, contact ACS Industrial today. Visit our website to fill out our contact form, or give us a call at 800-605-6419

Okuma Spindle Drive Mysteriously Stops Working

Okuma drive repairsDid you ever think something as simple as a fan could hold up the completion of a huge order? No one at this major U.S. aviation manufacturer saw this coming as work on the order had been humming along smoothly. Until it wasn’t.

Our customer carefully tested the boards in the failing Okuma SDU-600W spindle drive by moving them to other machines fearing they were fried, but they worked. The problem “NM still not matching tach speed” persists and the project is stopped. What now?

After carefully crating the down drive, the manufacturer shipped the 100 lb. machine to ACS Industrial Services for a free electronics repair evaluation. Still worried, they request it be changed to a rush after it had already arrived at ACS. No problem for ACS…this is not uncommon and we really understand as the panic level can ratchet up with production deadlines looming.

Of course, it’s never as simple as “just a fan”. After evaluating the drive our tech team discovers that the big, evil problem holding up production is primarily a bad fan causing overheating, along with a fair bit of grease and dirt gumming up the works. The team replaces the bad cooling fan; cleans up the troubling grease and dirt; replaces some aging components; retests wiring connections, gate circuits, SCRs and the contactor. The whole unit is powered up and tested successfully.

Mystery solved and production is once again humming along. On to the next emergency!

Four Easy Ways To Keep Your Motor Up and Running

get servo motor repairsDid you know that more than 70% of  the U.S.  industrial electricity consumption involves motor-driven systems used mostly for pumps, fans, blower systems, and air compression?  That’s a lot of motors and a lot of motor repair needs.

You can avoid motor problems by implementing these simple strategies:

  1. Buy the right motor for your application.  Make sure your motor(s) can handle 3.1 times the line voltage at a 0.1 microsecond rise time.  This is not the time to be a penny pincher.
  2. Define your parameters .  This avoids overheating in constant-torque applications. At too low a speed, a TEFC motor will overheat.
  3. Use insulated bearings or shaft ground bushings.  If the VFD is run often at a single speed, arcing through the bearings in the same place can deteriorate them.
  4. Minimize the distance from the drive to the motor.

And of course,as I always say, avoid the industrial axis of evil:  Heat, Dirt, and Moisture.  You can think of this trio of evil as The Joker, The Penguin, and The Ridler causing mayhem in your shop.

Batman would not allow heat, dirt, or moisture to enter the bat cave and neither should you!  If he did, he would need servo motor repair and we would be most happy to provide the industrial electronics repair services necessary.

Varian Circuit Board Repair

Varian03-930210-01  RepairsEvery week…no, no, make that every DAY we get interesting items in for repair.  They are causing trouble for the various industrial plants, offices, or wherever they came out of.  This week’s Troublemaker:  a Varian circuit board 03-930210-01.  The defective board (pictured) comes out of a Varian Saturn 2000 MS power suppy  located in a plant in Liechtenstein- problem was, it wasn’t supplying any power causing a hold-up in production.   In case you didn’t know, Liechtenstein is located in central Europe between Austria and Switzerland.

The European plant needed electronics repair fast and they couldn’t find it in Liechtenstein or anywhere nearby.   They contacted ACS Industrial and we were able to turn this around and ship it back repaired to Liechtenstein in just 8 days.  Doesn’t matter where you are, we will jump through hoops to help you out!  Do you need electronics repair?  Call our helpful customer service team at 800-605-6419 or go straight to our website to fill out a Free Repair Evaluation form at www.acsindustrial.com.