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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.

I:O Cards

What I/O Cards are and How They Work

The term I/O means “input” and “output” and are the fundamental idea behind computers. Basically, for every input, there’s an output. You pull up a document on your computer and use the keyboard to print it. The keyboard is the input and the printer is the output. This is a simple explanation of I/O, but it’s a good start to help explain what I/O cards are and how they work.

I:O Cards

The ports on your laptop or desktop computer are also known as I/O imports for the same reason – you plug in a USB cord, controller, or other peripheral device, which is the input. What the device controls is the output.

So what are I/O Cards?

When you look at an I/O card, you’ll probably think it resembles a circuit board – that’s because it is! This board plugs into a slot on the motherboard of a computer so it can control a peripheral device like a controller or mouse. 

I/O cards are also called interface cards, adapters, or controllers. In addition they might be referred to as expansion cards, because they expand the capability of a computer or laptop. Of course, these cards are also used in an industrial capacity and are much larger and more complex than those used for personal computers.

How Do They Work?

I/O cards function as a bridge between a computer and an outside device – this can range from a monitor to a keyboard. The outside device transmits a signal to the I/O card which results in an action being performed.

The part of the I/O card that faces out can accept a variety of different devices and cables. While some cable inputs might be as simple as a USB plug, industrial size I/O cards may be customized to accept specially designed plugs and devices.

When an I/O card is damaged, there is a disconnect with the device, which can cause errors and downtime. Damage can occur in a variety of ways, and much like circuit boards, I/O cards can be repaired or replaced, depending upon the amount of damage they have sustained.

What Happens If Your I/O Card is Damaged?

Should your I/O card or module be damaged, it’s not necessary to purchase a new one, ACS Industrial services has a staff of experts who can perform a free evaluation of the card and a repair quote that is dependable and accurate. In many cases repairing a card can save you up to 80% of the cost to purchase a new one.

With more than two decades of service and repair, ACS works with most of the major brand of I/O cards and equipment, including:

  • Emerson PACSystems RX3i
  • Siemens
  • Rockwell Automation / Allen Bradley
  • Mitsubishi Electric
  • Schneider Electric
  • ABB
  • Honeywell Process

ACS usually has repaired I/O cards back to you within 7-15 days, and if it’s an emergency that requires immediate attention, we also offer a Rush Repair Service with shipping back to you between 2-5 days.

You can find out more about our I/O repair services on our website page or call us today at 800-605-6419.

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5 Facts You May Not Know About Circuit Boards

Circuit boards have been in existence for more than a century, and as technology has progressed, they have played a major role in virtually every industry. But what are they and what job do they perform?

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A circuit board’s main function is to connect all of the electronic components in a device – computer, appliance, etc. – into a compact space. In addition a circuit board insulates all of these components when they are connected to a power source.

While they are commonplace, there are many facts about circuit boards that the general public doesn’t know about.

There are several different types of circuit boards.

Printed circuit boards, also known as PCBs, come in several different varieties. The most common is the Single-Layer PCB which has a basic design and is used for everyday devices like printers and calculators. Double Layer PCBs have a layer of conducting material and are used in industrial conductors, phones and amplifiers. A Multi-Layer PCB is smaller than others and is insulated to avoid damage, you’ll find these in complex equipment like satellite systems and medical equipment.

They Are Comprised of Several Different Elements

A PCB is more than a sheet of plastic, it also has an energy source and a conductor, which carries the energy, this is known as a track or trace. The electrical load piece takes in the energy and controls the performance of the circuit in terms of voltage and current. Finally, the controller switch controls the flow of power in the circuit.

Most Circuit Boards are Green

The solder mask, also known as the solder resist, is the material used to protect a PCB’s conductive layer. It’s made of a thin layer of polymer ink and is screen printed onto the board. The general color is green, but you can also find some in red or blue – and white for LED display purposes. The American military was also partial to this color when they first started using them.

Those Aren’t Wires…

Although at first glance a PCB seems to contain a vast array of wires, they’re actually copper traces – they’re small and flat and take up less space, but their main benefit is that electrons can move very quickly along the copper. It’s also easier to connect the small components on a circuit board with these traces.

PCBs are Tough

They may look flimsy or brittle, but PCBs can take a beating and still work. Of course, there are limits to their durability and performance, and when this happens they can be sent in for repair. ACS can repair your industrial circuit board in as little as 7-15 days and we guarantee our repairs for up to two years.

ACS Are Circuit Board Experts!

ACS can repair virtually any type of circuit board, which means you can save money and costly downtime. The personnel who will take care of your repair are experienced professionals who are backed with our rock solid two-year warranty.

We service all types of boards and most brands at competitive prices, and we’re comfortable working with most OEM boards, including:

You can visit our circuit board repair page or call 800-605-6419.

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Common Reasons for Light Curtain Repairs

Why is My Light Curtain Not Working?

Light curtains are one of the most reliable types of safety devices you can have installed in your operation. Designed to keep employees and machinery safe, they are invaluable and in most cases, require updates and repairs on a semi-regular basis. 

light curtain

Normal light curtains require regular maintenance in order for them to work properly and ensure that stoppages don’t occur.  When your light curtain ceases to work properly, the safety risk immediately increases. A malfunctioning light curtain may not stop a machine or other mechanical related device – the door on a loading dock for instance – from going into a safety mode and halting operation. 

Causes for Light Curtain Malfunction

There are several different reasons for a light curtain to malfunction and require repair. No matter what the cause is, when a light curtain doesn’t work correctly, employees may be tempted to continue to work with the machinery in order to get their jobs accomplished. Obviously, this can cause immediate and severe injury or even death.

Dirt, Oil, and Water

When the sensor light apparatus is dirty – whether due to buildup, a spill, or a dusty work environment – the light curtain will begin to malfunction. The light curtain repair solution for this particular problem requires much more than soap and water. 

In addition, water may have gotten into sensitive parts of the machinery, which could cause internal problems with wiring and fuses. An authorized technician can thoroughly investigate the sensor and use the proper cleaning solutions and methods to make sure the light is as bright as it should be.

Vibrations

Warehouses, factories, assembly lines, and other industries that make use of light curtains usually employ machines and other tools that can cause constant vibration, which can travel through the air and via concrete, stone, and metal. Over time, these vibrations can cause the components of the light curtain to shift, resulting in the light curtain to function erratically or stop working altogether.

Power Source

You may need light curtain repair if the source that powers your light curtain has stopped working – this could be a result of faulty wiring, overloads of the power grid, problems with the main breakers, and a variety of other reasons. When power is cut off to the light curtain, it can cease to work entirely, or continually reset, which will lead to the curtain working in an erratic manner, increasing the level of danger to workers.

Placement of the Light Curtain

The initial installment of the light curtain may have been done improperly, but it was still able to function. Over time, with heavy use and possible damage to the components, the sensors and other apparatus may no longer be in the precise location. This can cause the light curtain to function intermittently or not at all.

ACS Industrial Gets Your Light Curtain Working

Regardless of why your light curtain is no longer working, ACS Industrial provides expert light curtain repair services at affordable and competitive prices. We realize that down time means lost money and production, which is why we do our best to create a quote for you in 24-36 hours. Rush jobs are usually quoted 24 hours or less. 

Some of the brands we service include:

For more information, visit our light curtain repair page or call 800-605-6419.

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

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Automation Will NOT Replace Employees – Here’s Why

In an increasingly digital world, many are afraid of the possibility that robots could soon begin taking over jobs across many industries. While it’s true that the use of automation technology is increasingly being used, it will not replace human employees completely. 

What Is Automation?

You might have heard or seen this term many times before, but many are unsure what it means. Simply put, automation refers to a variety of technologies that reduce the need for humans in the process. This automation can improve the efficiency of a human’s day-to-day tasks or eliminate them. 

For example, if a person is baking cookies and forgets how much flour to add, they can ask their Amazon Alexa for the answer; this is a subtle way of automation helping humans in our daily lives. A more extreme example of this would be a self-driving car; this type of automation almost completely eliminates the need for a human driver.

While there are many types of automation, one thing remains certain: humans are essential and will not be entirely replaced by technology.  

Why Automation Will NOT Replace Employees:

  1. They Enhance The Current Workforce 

As briefly mentioned above, automation is already being used in our everyday lives, and where it is present in the workplace, it is proving to enhance our daily lives. 

In companies where automation and employees work hand in hand, efficiency and cost reduction are prevalent. However, there always has to be staff to program and properly operate these machines. Additionally, it frees up employees to take care of other tasks that automated machines may not be able to perform.

2. Lack Of Dexterity

While robots might be able to do some jobs, specific jobs require steady hands and incredible dexterity. Engineers may be building robots to have hands similar to a human’s, but they will never have the full capabilities that we do, making them unable to perform on the same level.

3. Lack Of Creativity & Customer Connection

When employees get together to problem solve in collaborative and creative ways, the company thrives overall. 

Robots are built to have a problem and solution mindset, but they cannot think outside the box. Humans can quickly think on their feet and implement new, creative solutions for the business. A robot will not be able to make quick decisions on improving the company, which makes human employees even more valuable. 

Also, while professionals can program robots to provide excellent customer service, they do not genuinely connect with customers. For example, have you ever bought something from a store and ended up having a great conversation with the cashier, so you return to that business because you had a great experience?

That’s the kind of human connection that automation simply can’t replace. Regardless of how advanced the artificial intelligence (AI) is, robotics can’t fully replicate meeting another complex person. 

Individuals’ abilities to optimize a process and think creatively, all while making personal connections with customers is often the backbone of business. 

ACS Industrial Services is your expert repair resource for industrial electronic and automation equipment from all industry types around the globe. Our mission is to get you back up and running fast and economically with beneficial customer service.

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. 

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How Industrial Equipment Repair Saves Your Business Money

Many business owners know that as soon as a needed piece of equipment goes down, it can affect the whole company. If a required tool is no longer working, the employee cannot do their job, which sets a project back, affecting profitability. 

To avoid profit loss and other issues down the road, consider promptly repairing your industrial equipment so that the chances of running into bigger problems down the road or having to buy new are significantly reduced. It may seem like a costly investment, but it will actually save your company money in the long run. 

Increase Efficiency

When every aspect of your business is running smoothly, the efficiency of your operations increases; but when a crucial machine suddenly goes down, your business begins to lose money. Buying a new machine can be costly and often takes longer to get to you than it does to simply have the existing piece of equipment repaired.

Repairs are much more likely to be a quick, efficient solution to your problem than buying new.

Keep Customers Coming Back 

When your company’s lead times are accurate and your employees are happy, your company will thrive. With that in mind, when a product is made and delivered on time, it builds trust between you and your customers. . 

When your business consistently provides the same service, your customers will know that they can count on you to get the job done. Happy customers are essential, and great customer service will keep them coming back. 

Having your industrial equipment repaired means that you’ll be more likely to keep your promises to customers and clients. You won’t have to cut corners or potentially wait weeks to months for a new machine so you can fill an order.

Increase Lifespan of Equipment

This one may seem obvious, but it’s really the most important point of all of them. The longer that your equipment lasts, the more profit you can make off of it. Spending a fraction of the cost to keep your original equipment working is nearly always preferable to dumping thousands into new equipment – especially if we find that the issue is just a simple fix.

Reduce Production Downtime 

When a piece of equipment goes down, and an employee cannot get their job done, you are losing money on both the employee’s wages and the products that cannot be produced. To avoid any downtime, be sure that your equipment is always up and running correctly. If you need assistance, ACS Industrial is here to help.

Are you in a jam and need a fast repair service for your damaged equipment? ACS takes your need for fast, reliable service to heart. 

You may have a manufacturing line down, and you have people yelling for help with production, which might be costing everyone time and money and causing unnecessary stress.

If you need assistance, contact ACS Industrial today. Visit our website to fill out our contact form, or give us a call at 800-605-6419

Got Bad Capacitors? Here’s What to Do!

FIVE bad capacitors are what got a Condor power supply grounded! Output voltage reduced to zero! Our customer had fallen victim to one of the most failure-prone components in a power supply: the electrolytic capacitor.

Staying informed on the facts about  bad capacitors is IMPORTANT to protecting your power supply and your other critical electronic assets! The two primary items that are affected by bad capacitors are Drives and Power Supplies. All Drives and Power Supplies use Electrolytic Capacitors in some part of the unit!

Here are some things to know about bad capacitors:

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REAL LIFE PLANT STORIES: OMRON I/O Has No Sign of Life!

OMRON repairsREAL LIFE PLANT STORIES – “No sign of life”!

That was the “heart stopping” problem description that came along with this OMRON I/O 3G2C7-MC228 unit for repair. There was no input or output! Not really heart stopping exactly, but certainly production stopping! And headache causing for our customer!

What Damaged this I/O Unit?

When our tech team opened up the case of this I/O we found significant damage. The damage was caused by both corrosion and glue. The glue may have come from some previous repair, or even a spill. Corrosion of course comes from either water damage or too much humidity in the work environment.

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Real Life From the Plant: C Axis drive not ok Error on Servo Drive

servo drive repairsFrom the outside, this drive looks innocent enough.  But on the inside all HELL was breaking loose! “C Axis drive not ok Error” was the symptom reported.
But this Osai-Prima Electro Servo Drive 97942050N drive was in need of some serious repairs! Burned spots with burned traces were found inside, along with bad capacitors, bus-caps and bad I/O relay.
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osai prima repairsWhat would cause all this in a servo drive?
Excessive heat, over or under voltage surges and sags and/or rises in equivalent series resistance values are all possibilities along with component aging. In the case of the burned traces, other causes could include previous use of inappropriate acid core solder causing a short, or contaminants such as metallic dust, common in manufacturing facilities.

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