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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4 Ways to Protect Your Industrial Electronics from Lightning Damage

repairs for lightning damaged electronicsIs it possible to protect your industrial electronics from lightning damage?  Often!  Is the lightning damage to electronics repairable?  Sometimes.

Some “shocking” facts first:

A lightning strike lasts about 1-2 microseconds…not even time to blink an eye and yet long enough to cause destruction of life and property.  Storms this spring are already ferocious and violent in the U.S. Lightning and electronics do not play well together.  Check out some shocking facts that put your electronic gear (and YOU) in danger:

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Bang! And Ripple? Let’s Talk About VFD Drive Repairs

“Operator heard a BANG when they turned the system on; drive does not function when power is applied.” That’s from our customer and a very unhappy scene played out in small shops and manufacturing plants around the country. A dramatic “call for help” from this ABB variable frequency drive! The result: Drive repairs needed!
So, what happened to this ABB VFD drive?

ABB drive repairsIn this case, it’s a perfect example of aging components combined with accumulated dirt. Inspection showed arc damage on the base in the area of the 3 phase A/C bridge module as well as some discrepancy in the gate circuits.

This ABB VFD ACS550-U1-059A-2+B055, Model: ACS550 first got a much needed thorough cleaning right down to the circuit boards and all components were tested. Repairs included replacing the 3 phase A/C bridge rectifier module and IGBT output module. A little detective work, a lot of cleaning and some new components put this ABB variable frequency drive back to work for our New England customer. ABB drive repairs successful! Pretty good news considering the dramatic call for help!

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Avoid E-Waste: Repair, Replace, Reuse, Donate, or Recycle Your Electronic Equipment?

reuse electronics50 million tons! That’s right – that’s how much e-waste is expected to be generated in 2020, ALONE! What is e-waste, exactly? Discarded electronic equipment– anything discarded that has/had a battery or plug.

Is most of this e-waste industrial? Consumer? It’s both, of course. Both consumers and businesses are regularly faced with the dilemma – is it more cost effective to repair electronics? Or to replace? And if you choose to replace, what then do you do with the damaged item you no longer need? All good questions!

The Bad & The Ugly:

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Can This ABB Control be Repaired? What’s Inside a Control Anyway?

ABB controllerCan legacy controllers be repaired? Is it worth the cost? The answer to these questions are, in most cases, YES!

Here’s a perfect example of a recent successful repair of a “legacy” control – ABB control p/n PM554-RP-AC repairs. This relatively simple control repair means that our marine management customer now has a fully functional controller back in service!

What went wrong inside this ABB control?

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