Dirty Repair Jobs – Relax, It’s Part of the Repair Service

dynamag repairsIt’s a good thing we have always liked playing in the dirt! Because this guy (and a few more just like it) were so dirty when they arrived on our dock we had to degrease and clean them just to identify the components.

But we get it. We know our customers work in some pretty grimy situations. Degreasing and cleaning each repair is part ocontroller repairsf our standard service. Every. Single. Day. Every. Repair. As simple as that.

Cleaning is an important part of the repair process. After cleaning and testing, this dirty electronics cleanedparticular Dynamag control assembly p/n ST202 needed 7 new surface mount capacitors, new thyristor modules, trace repairs and, obviously, some tidying up! It’s back in perfect working order in a U.S. machine shop. It’s a lot prettier now too.

If your equipment looks like this, or way worse, don’t worry. It’s normal and we can handle it. Need help with your dirty repairs? We are all in! #dirtyjobsareok

 

About the Author: ACS Industrial  is an independent industrial electronic repair center providing repair services for controls of all types and most all manufacturers as well as servo drive repairs, AC/DC drives, VFD drives, servo motors, encoders, printed circuit board repairs, monitors and touchscreens, PLCs, test equipment, light curtains, and much more.  Our customer service team is available to answer your questions and help solve your industrial electronic repair concerns. Legacy equipment can be repaired! RUSH Service is available. You can reach them by calling 800-605-6419

A CASE STUDY: MG Industries Plasma Table Control Fails

control repairsREPAIR SOLUTIONS FROM THE PLANT FLOOR – A CASE STUDY: MG INDUSTRIES PLASMA TABLE CONTROL FAILS

Is double-sided tape the only thing holding YOUR control together? Or maybe a bit of duct tape? If so, you are very much not alone.  We see this all the time!

Take this MG Industries Plasma Table Control DNC 2.8 for example. Our customer is a very busy Texas fabrication shop. So busy that they really didn’t want to take ANY down-time to get this guy repaired and had resorted to double-sided tape to hold the display together. This worked…for awhile. Controller repairs

Eventually, the universe had its way and the double -sided tape failed. It went like this: “I can’t get a display on the screen. When it first started happening I could take the board out and clean the connections and it would go back to working.” The bad news about tape? It dries out eventually, in this case allowing the display to fall out of its socket.

But by now, there were even more problems. EVERY capacitor inside this unit was also now bad capacitorsbad. And, Murphy’s Law at play – this happened to the busiest of their 20 plasma tables!

Although this was a frustrating event in our customer’s shop, it ended in good news! These kinds of problems are repairable! All the capacitors were replaced, the socket and control panel replaced, and the entire unit tested and cleaned. This control is back in perfect working order on a busy plasma table in Texas!

Here’s what our very relieved customer had to say, “Good Morning, I wanted to let you know we got our machine back Wednesday, hooked it up and it worked great. Thank your people for me. You helped save us thousands of dollars and prevented a lot more down time. Good experience.” – Jerry.  Well Jerry – we are SO glad we could help! It absolutely makes our day to hear all is well!

If your taped-up, jerry-rigged gear needs repairs – we can help you too!

About the Author: ACS Industrial  is an independent industrial electronic repair center providing repair services for controls of all types and most all manufacturers as well as servo drive repairs, AC/DC drives, VFD drives, servo motors, encoders, printed circuit board repairs, monitors and touchscreens, PLCs, test equipment, light curtains, and much more.  Our customer service team is available to answer your questions and help solve your industrial electronic repair concerns. Legacy equipment can be repaired! RUSH Service is available. You can reach them by calling 800-605-6419

Case Study: Allen Bradley VFD Blown! Can it be Repaired?

REPAIR SOLUTIONS FROM THE PLANT FLOOR – Allen Bradley VFD Blown! Can it be Repaired?  Should it be repaired?

Allen Bradley VFD repairsUnlike in a box of Cracker Jacks, there was an UGLY surprise waiting inside of this drive! When this Allen Bradley VFD failed, the screen gave only a wimpy “bad fuse” alarm. But it was much uglier than that for our Western U.S. power generation customer.

When removing the board assembly over the IGBT modules we discovered that the 3 phase bridge rectifier was badly blown. In simple terms, a bridge rectifier converts AC voltage into DC voltage. In addition, the high voltage bus capacitors were bad, bridge rectifier repairsthree output IGBT modules needed replacing, the film capacitors and MOV’s in the A/C input circuit needed cleaning, and of course, the nearly unidentifiable blown 3 phase bridge rectifier needed replacing.

What went wrong here?

As in most cases, there could be a number of causes for this problem. The most common causes of damage like this to modern VFDs include over voltages, fault currents, inappropriate programming of operation parameters that exceed the machine’s intended capabilities, and, of course, aging components.

VFD repairsThis good quality Allen Bradley VFD was worth repairing. And, at almost 65% less than the cost of new, saved our customer a serious chunk of change. If you are having VFD alarms or failure, we can help!  Most variable frequency drives can, and should, be repaired!

About the Author: ACS Industrial  is an independent industrial electronic repair center providing repair services for drives of all types and most all manufacturers including servo drive repairs, AC/DC drives, VFD drives, servo motors, encoders, printed circuit board repairs, monitors and touchscreens, PLCs, test equipment, light curtains, and much more.  Our customer service team is available to answer your questions and help solve your industrial electronic repair concerns. Legacy equipment can be repaired! RUSH Service is available. You can reach them by calling 800-605-6419

Case Study: Is it “Economically Feasible” to Repair Your Circuit Board?

Repair Solutions From the Plant Floor

What would YOU do if your OEM told you they wouldn’t repair your circuit board because it mitsubishi circuit board repairswasn’t “economically feasible to repair”? The OEM should know, right? Well, not always. And, there ARE often other factors that go into that business decision about whether to repair or replace.

Our golf club manufacturer customer was not willing to throw in the towel on their Mitsubishi MC116 control board from their Mazak CNC lathe. And, theydidn’t want to spend more than necessary.

Fortunately, this circuit board WAS both repairable AND economically feasible to repair. By replacing only the damaged components including the eeprom, capacitors, Super Cap, RAM ICs, Transceiver ICs, Processor ICs and PAL chips this board was back in perfect operating order. Yes, that’s a lot of components to replace and yet, STILL these repairs cost our customer almost 60% LESS than it would have to replace the entire board. We’d call that economically feasible! And smart! Our customer was pretty pleased and that makes us pretty pleased too.

Here’s what our customer had to say: “The MC116 Board he (ACS tech Stefan) repaired for me is working perfectly after the OEM said it was not economically feasible to repair. Will recommend ACS Highly Thank you” – Jim. Well, thank YOU Jim! We love being able to solve our customer’s tricky repair problems. We are happy to help!

Repair of quality industrial equipment like this Mitsubishi control circuit board can be a great way to save money and time, as well as be environmentally responsible. Of course, there are situations where some circuit boards cannot be repaired economically, or even be repaired at all due to excessive damage or unavailable components.

If your damaged circuit board is readily available from your OEM and inexpensive to replace (less than about $500) you may want to consider replacement.  If your circuit board(s) is more expensive or is a legacy board that is difficult or impossible to replace, then repair absolutely makes good sense. When in doubt, send it in for a free, no-obligation evaluation and repair quote.  Having good information at your fingertips lets you make informed business decisions about whether to repair or replace.

About the Author: ACS Industrial Services is an independent industrial electronic repair center providing repair services for drives of all types and most all manufacturers including servo drive repairs, AC/DC drives, VFD drives, servo motors, encoders, printed circuit board repairs, monitors and touchscreens, PLCs, test equipment, light curtains, and much more.  Our customer service team is available to answer your questions and help solve your industrial electronic repair concerns. Legacy equipment can be repaired! RUSH Service is available. You can reach them by calling 800-605-6419