Rules For CNC Machine Purchase And Repair

If you are like me, you are always looking for an incredible steal …the sale of the century…AND, you never pay full price for anything!  A major exception to this rule is the purchase of a CNC machine or any component you add to it.  You truly get what you pay for in CNC equipment – new or used.

If you don’t pay up front, you will pay down the road.  Again and again.  And you will be kicking yourself in the rear every time you call the repair guy.

Inexpensive CNC machines have less horsepower and therefore the spindle stalls more often.  They have narrower linear guides, less ballscrew bearings, no oil chillers on the spindle, less and smaller bearings in the spindle, less safety interlocks, and, on top of all that, they are much less rigid which is the number one cause for CNC machine crashing and subsequent downtime. 

Eventually, even the best CNC machines experience problems.  Most machinists and operators are not trained or equipped to repair CNC equipment.  For the electronic repairs, you will need an industrial electronic repair shop experienced, at a minimum, in troubleshooting, alarm codes, servo and drive problems, electrical faults, PLC ladder troubleshooting,  DC motor problems, axis load or binding, solenoid/relay/contact testing,  power supply problems, axis brake problems, chuck problems, relay board problems, fixture setup, control & parameter issues, hydraulics and pneumatics, and door and safety interlocks.

Whether you are a major manufacturer or a hobby CNC user, make it a priority to purchase the best CNC equipment you can possibly afford.  Ask a lot of questions before you buy, ask to see the equipment operating in someone else’s shop, and call an expert industrial electronic repair shop if and when your CNC machine develops problems. 

The ACS Industrial tech team includes expert electronics technicians and machinists to service all types of CNC equipment including Yaskawa, Matsura, Cincinnati, Allen-Bradley, Siemens, Brother, Fanuc, Haas, Hardinge, Hurco, Ingersoll, Mitsubishi, Mazak, Mori Seiki, Yasnac, Okuma, and many more.  We offer a warranty on parts and labor and rush service is available upon request.  We are here to get you up and running!

World Competitiveness Economic Stats Published – Find Out What True Grit Means

The bad news is the U.S. lost it’s number one spot on the annual competitiveness survey bySwiss based IMD Business School for the first time since 1993 to Singapore and Hong Kong, ranked 1 and 2 respectively.  The good news is the U.S. has survived the risk of financial and economic crises, in part, thanks to the sheer size of its  economy, leadership in business, and unrivaled supremacy in technology, reports Manufacturing.net.

That’s no surprise to me.  The U.S. is an amazing melting pot of resourcefulness and determination.  True grit! 

The study lists 58 economies according to 328 criteria that measure how the nations create and maintain favorable business conditions.  Singapore, Hong Kong and the U.S.  are followed by Switzerland and Australia as the top five.  Sweden, Canada, Taiwan, Norway, and Malaysia round out the top 10.

China rose to 18th showing that it is no longer dependent on foreign markets buying its inexpensive exports.  Other emerging economies were India, 31st; Brazil, 38th; and Russia, 51st.  The surprise is Greece.  Despite being in economic agony, they actually improved in the 2010 ranking from 56th to 46th.  Who was at the bottom you ask?  Venezuela was last, preceded by Ukraine, Romania, Argentina, and Croatia. 

Let’s go back to that part about resourcefulness and true grit.  You rely heavily on your industrial electronic equipment.  If it’s not working, your workload  and output are impacted.  We can help you get your industrial electronics repaired and back online fast.  Remember – repair if you can, replace if you must.  Now that’s being resourceful!

Reliability In Industrial Electronic Repairs Is King – Find Out What Else Ranks High

Not surprisingly, reliability ranked the most important criteria in purchasing industrial electronics and industrial electronic repairs according to a recent survey by Plant Engineering & Maintenance. 

Reliability was followed, in descending order, by quality, safety, maintenance, service, price, throughput, technology, noise, speed, and “green”.

Maintenance ranked 4th out of 11 so we know it’s pretty high on your list.  Nobody wants equipment that is difficult or excessively expensive to maintain.  Downtime is lost time and lost time is lost money.

Save money in the long run by purchasing quality industrial electronic equipment with a good warranty and practice consistent maintenance, especially on your critical equipment.  And when that warranty runs out, and the OEM does not provide responsive service (or ANY service for that matter), send your repairs to a reliable industrial electronic repairs expert.

Make sure your repair team also scores well for reliability, customer service, pricing, and warranty coverage.

The ACS tech team is trained and experienced in the repair of virtually all types of industrial electronics including drive repairs, PLCs, power supplies, controls, encoders, servo motors, CNC equipment, printed circuit board repairs, touch screens,  CRT monitors, test equipment and more.  We service most brands including Yaskawa, Okuma and Mitsubishi.  Rush service is available upon request.