Real Life Repair Solutions from the Plant Floor – PLC Needs Repairs NOW

Real Life Repair Solutions from the Plant Floor – Festo PLC Needs Repairs NOW!

festo plc In real life things break, especially when you are in a hurry, right? For our U.S.-based supplement manufacturer customer having a PLC go down was not good for filling orders on time.

In their words, “This (Festo PLC P/N FEC-FC34-FST) isn’t getting the signal properly to the vertical dies and telling them to move up or down; PLC will cycle one or two times, then the run light changes from green to red and the machine stops. Also, when this happens the dies will close and not reopen.” Bummer!

A number of things could cause this irritating trouble. In this case the PLC had some bad traces under the relays, a bad relay, all bad supply caps, and a bad Data Latch/D-type Transparent Latch.

Once all the cleaning and repairs were complete the unit was powered up and we tested each input for proper operation. All good to go! Back to making supplements for consumers – and filling orders on time! Do you need PLC Repairs? We can help! Do you want to know more about PLC Repairs and Troubleshooting Tips?

One important tip before removing your PLC :   If the red battery light on your PLC comes on DO NOT down the power! First, get the program backed up BEFORE you attempt to change the battery(s).) You will thank yourself for this later!

About the Author: ACS Industrial  is an independent industrial electronic repair center providing repair services for PLCs 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, controls, 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.

Repair Solutions: Heidelberg Repairs Restart the Presses

Heidelberg repairs“Stop the Presses!” is only a GOOD thing when there is exciting breaking news. It’s all bad news when the press comes to a stop because it is BROKEN. This Heidelberg Press Electronic Drive went bad leaving our East Coast fine printing press customer in the lurch and needing Heidelberg repairs

“Voltage going in but nothing coming out” was the problem description. Yes, that WOULD happen when 14 bus capacitors were blown, the IGBT was bad and the gate board needed repairs.

Following a regular preventive maintenance program can help minimize dreaded downtime. A printing press preventive maintenance program would include, at a minimum:

  • oil and lubricant changes
  • replacement of quick wear parts
  • calibration
  • air and oil filter replacement
  • system inspections and setting.
  • Keep your printing press in good form so it’s productive AND profitable!

Our customer reported back that the repaired drive is back to work and the presses are running great! That’s great news!

Here’s what they had to say, “Thank you and the staff at ACS for the quick turnaround on both the repair and the shipping. It’s a pleasure doing business ACS. Thank You”. – D.C.

We are glad to be of service – it’s our goal to provide great repairs with great service.

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, as well as  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 – REPAIR SOLUTIONS FROM THE PLANT: TINY Charmilles parts cause BIG problems

burned ISO circuit board repairCASE STUDY – REPAIR SOLUTIONS FROM THE PLANT:  TINY parts can cause BIG problems. Perfect example – this 6 inch square ISO board was blowing a 1 amp fuse bringing the Charmilles Form 20 to a stop in our customer’s Mid-Atlantic tooling shop

The results of this “mini-explosion” are a burned ribbon cable and connector and a burned pcb. Not to mention the dreaded down-time. This sounds ominous and it did look pretty bad. But yes! This ISO board WAS repairable! The capacitor was bad and five transistors shorted, all of which were replaced. Damaged traces were also repaired.

The connector was damaged beyond repair however, so the ribbon cable was hard soldered directly to the circuit board to make the final repair. This type of repair is acceptable in many situations and saved our customer a great deal of money and time.This tiny troublemaker is back in the tooling shop. charmilles pcb repair services

Need Charmilles repairs? Got a damaged circuit board that needs repairs?  We can help. 

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.