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

How to Change Your Processes to Meet the EPAs NESHAP Rule 6X

Industrial Electronic Repair ServicesThe EPAs NESHAP Rule 6X went into effect in July 2011.  Did you miss the announcement of this rule?  If so, according to The reports you are not alone.

The rule applies to companies that are primarily engaged (that is 50 percent or more of their total labor) in one or more of the following categories: electrical and electronic equipment finishing, fabricated metal products, fabricated plate work (boiler shops), fabricated structural metal manufacturing, heating equipment (except electric), industrial machinery and equipment finishing, iron and steel forging, primary metal products manufacturing, and valve and pipe fittings.  That describes quite a lot of our customers!

Operations that are impacted by this new rule include:  dry abrasive blasting (3 types), dry grinding, dry polishing with machines, dry machining, spray painting (2 types), and welding.

Excluded from this new rule are:  military installations; NASA facilities; national nuclear security facilities; military munitions facilities; some research or laboratories (defined by the Clean Air Act); tool, quality control, and equipment repair facilities; and welding facilities that use less than 2,000 lbs of rod or wire that does not contain any identified HAPs.

Why did the EPA establish this new rule?  To prevent cancer, birth defects, and other health effects caused by exposure to Hazardous Air Pollutants as defined by the EPA in 2008.  Just some of these materials are those that contain 0.1 percent by weight of cadmium, chromium, lead or nickel; or 1.0 percent by weight of manganese.

What should you do if you fall into the categories above?

  1. Notify the EPA
  2. Change your processes to eliminate the HAP (dust and fume collectors with high-efficiency cartridge filtration is considered acceptable)
  3. Conduct a Method 22 emissions test (See website for how to do this)
  4. Retest to confirm

If you want more information on this important subject, here’s a FAQ that can answer a lot of your questions:

ACS Industrial Services provides industrial electronic repair services for virtually all types of commercial and industrial electronics. Need servo motor repair?  Drive repair? Circuit board repair?   CNC repairs? Call our customer service team at 800-605-6419 for assistance or head straight to our website at to request a free evaluation and quote for repairs.


Repairing Industrial Electronics…Easy as Pi!

Easy as pie.  Pie in the sky.  4 and 20 blackbirds baked in a pie.  I just can’t help thinking of all kinds of pie today because yes, it is International Pi day!  As in the irrational and never ending Pi.   For four thousand years we humans have relied on Pi to solve all sorts of things from the simple calculation of the area inside a circle to architectural and engineering challenges.

Today is the day to look at everything around you through the math and science lens…from the wheels on the bus, to the iris in your eyes, to the waves at the beach, to the smart phone in your hand, Pi is all around you.  Just think – without the Pi-loving geeks in our world, where would we be today?

We appreciate our Pi-loving electronics technicians because they put their math and problem-solving skills to work here at ACS Industrial Services every day!

American Manufacturing Plant Managers Bullish About 2012 – Read What They Have to Say

Plant Engineering has just released the results of their 2012 Salary Survey Analysis which very nicely covers much more than just salary data.  The overall impression from this survey is that American manufacturers are really raring to go and are ready to be done with all things recessionary.

In 2010 Plant Engineers/Managers were growing increasingly concerned with maintenance issues – in fact it was their number one plant concern.  That concern grew even louder in 2011 with survey responders frequently pointing out that their plant was lacking skilled workers, capital, direction from upper management, and funding for maintenance including for maintenance personnel.

Here are some of the highlights of the 2011 survey:

Plant Engineers’ 2011/2012 Top Plant Facility Concerns:

  • 37.3% Maintenance
  • 25% HR/Personnel Training Issues
  • 25% Automation

What Should Get the Most Attention?

  • 44.4% Maintenance
  • 28.8% HR/Personnel Training
  • 20.8% Automation Systems

Although energy concerns were fairly low on both of the above lists, 82% of respondents said that sustainability does play a role in decision-making at their organization.

Plant Engineers’ 2011/2012 Top Issues:

  • 30% Skills gap
  • 23%  Ineffective management
  • 20.5% Government interference
  • 13.7% Company downsizing

Respondents reported that the Skills Gap had two components – an age issue (many of America’s skilled workers are now in their 50s and will age out) and a training issue.

Looking to the Future:

  • 28% see no end to their recession in sight
  • 52.2% say the recession has ended
  • 18.4% see the recession ending soon for them
  • 44% expect to add lines or shifts in 2012 (the
    same as in 2011)

The Plant Manager/Engineer in a Nutshell:

  • Average Age: 58 (17% are over 60, 2.3% are under 30)
  • 71.1% have a college degree
  • 94% Use social media (up from 43% in 2010) primarily LinkedIn (59%) which they use mostly for business networking purposes but not so much for problem solving (15%) or product reviews (10%).

For more details, graphs and charts, click on this link PlantEngineering.

Plant managers are, of course, some of ACS Industrial Services’ very favorite people.  We work hard to make your life a little bit easier by providing timely and reliable industrial electronic equipment repairs from circuit boards, to CNC equipment to servo motors and everything in-between.