cleaning

Keeping Manufacturing Equipment Clean

There’s an excellent chance that your operation, regardless of what it produces, runs for extended periods of time at aggressive speeds. In order to achieve your goals and keep everything running right, it’s important to keep your manufacturing equipment clean and well maintained.

Manufacturing equipment that is regularly cleaned helps reduce down time. Even if your operation is only halted for an hour, the impact on your production and profits can severely affect your bottom line and production output. 

Cleaning your manufacturing equipment can improve employee safety – heavy machinery that malfunctions can create dangerous situations. There could also be guidelines set down by safety organizations such as OSHA that require regular cleaning. Don’t forget to keep records in case of an inspection.

There are several different methods you can use to achieve cleanliness. It’s also a good idea to schedule specific times when this task is performed. You may have a staff dedicated to this job, but you can also remind your front line employees to take extra precautions when they’re operating their equipment.

Lubrication

You need to keep manufacturing equipment clean, and lubrication is key. Well oiled and lubricated machines pick up less dust and debris. Lubricating also allows you to take a close look at seals, gaskets, and other essential components.

Don’t forget to use the lubricant specified by the manufacturer. If not, the result can be increased wear or shutdown of the equipment.

Power Washing

Before you consider this method, check with the equipment specs. A power washer can quickly remove dirt and grime from the machinery and allow for a closer inspection of key stress points that might be failing. 

If your operation is large scale, a pressure washer might not be the answer. There are larger washers, also known as water cannons, that deliver high pressure water. Again, check with the operating instructions so you don’t wind up causing more harm than good.

Software Monitoring

Certain manufacturing equipment comes with software that can alert operators when it’s time for scheduled maintenance. The software can also provide instant analytical information that can be monitored on a continual basis. Sensors hooked up to the software can indicate if part of a system is underperforming, allowing you to determine if it’s time for cleaning procedures.

ACS Industrial Can Help

Even with regular cleaning and maintenance, your machinery can malfunction or show signs of a complete breakdown. When this happens, contact ACS Industrial. Our experts can work with you to pinpoint components that are no longer working and what needs to be done to get them functional.

When you send in your part that needs repair, you can expect the following from us:

  • To save up to 80% of the cost to buy a new one
  • Most equipment  will be back in your hands in 5-15 days. 
  • With our Rush Repair option you can have your equipment back in just 2-5 days.
  • A guarantee on our repairs with a full two-year warranty .

For a Free Evaluation, use our RMA Form link or visit our website and click on the “Contact Us” button on the upper right hand. You can also reach out to us at 800-605-6419 and speak to someone on our customer support team.

test

Why Your Test Equipment Needs to be Repaired

The test equipment in your operation is responsible for making sure components and machinery are working correctly. Without these crucial tools, breakdowns can occur, resulting in lost time and money. 

But what if your test equipment isn’t functioning properly, or has completely broken down? In some cases, the problems might not even be instantly recognizable. 

Test equipment is subject to a variety of different factors that can cause it to malfunction, and while they may not be preventable, it’s a good idea to know what is causing the problem, and when it’s time to have your test equipment serviced.

Electrical

If your test equipment has been subject to surges or outages, the internal mechanisms and parts may no longer be working correctly. Damage to the motherboard and other circuitry can also cause problems. When power isn’t being routed correctly, some operations may not be properly carried out.

Dirt and Debris

Test equipment receives a great deal of use during a shift, and dirt and debris can get inside the casing and affect operation. In some cases, the dirt can impact contacts inside the test equipment, causing it to malfunction or cease working. Over time, buildup can also keep interior components from functioning.

Temperature

Changes in temperature can also damage your test equipment. Extreme heat may cause wires and components to melt, which impacts the overall performance. In the same way, cold temperatures can cause parts to become brittle and break. Quick changes in temperature can cause condensation buildup inside the equipment and cause circuitry and video screens to break.

Vibration

Test equipment can be impacted by vibration, even if it’s so slight that users can’t feel it. As time goes by, constant vibration loosens settings, fasteners, and connections inside the equipment. Power may not reach all parts of the system which can result in additional power surges and damage.

Monitor Damage

The monitors in test equipment are designed to be durable and dependable, but consistent use and failed interior circuits can cause flickering, dark screens, and a complete breakdown in the monitor. Other external factors like extreme temperatures or physical damage can also contribute to monitor malfunction.

ACS Can Repair Your Test Equipment

If your test equipment is showing signs of wear and tear and isn’t’ working properly, it might be time to have it repaired. 

Let the experts at ACS give you a free evaluation and repair quote.

  • Repair usually saves up to 80% the cost of buying a new piece of equipment.
  • Most repairs are back in your hands in 7-15 days after approval.
  • Our Rush Repair Service ships in just 2-5 days after approval.
  • We Guarantee Our Repairs With A Full Two-Year Warranty .

For a Free Evaluation, use our RMA Form link or visit our website and click on the “Contact Us” button on the upper right hand. You can also reach out to us at 800-605-6419 and speak to someone on our customer support team.

Servo Drive

What Does a Servo Drive Do?

In manufacturing and automation processes, there are multiple pieces of machinery that ensure the operation is being performed correctly and precisely, without deviation. These automated control systems are used in everything from the manufacture of cars on an assembly line to warehouse automation.

Servo Drive

The motors that drive these systems use servos to take in and regulate the power that goes to the entire operation. A servo system requires four basic parts, although in some cases depending on size and need, there may be more parts, but rarely less.

Controller

The first component in a servo system is the controller, which performs two duties. The first is to track command input and the second is to improve the system’s disturbance rejection.

Servo Drive

The role of the servo drive is to take the command signals from the controller and then transform them from low power commands to higher power voltage and current to the motor.

Motor

The parts of a machine are rotated by the motor, which can be moved and adjusted according to what the process is built to achieve. The motor is a closed-loop mechanism which controls the rotational speed and position.

Load

This term is used to describe the combination of the inertia, mass, viscous damping, and torsional stiffness. This system consists of a DC-motor reduction gear, an output sensor, and a microcomputer that makes constant calculations for adjustment.

The Role of the Servo Drive

The servo drive’s role in an automated controls system is regulating the powering of the servo motor. Once the drive has sent the power to the motor, it continues to regulate and properly coordinate the motor’s position, speed, torque, and other actions.

An automatic control system – also known as a closed loop system – is regulated by feedback. In this case the feedback is generated by the motor’s performance and then closely monitored by the servo drive. 

The accuracy and dependability of the servo drive makes it a vital piece of machinery in several different areas of operation. For instance, a servo drive can help position a globe valve so that it’s in the right position to function properly.

Mechanical Problems

Like any other component or piece of machinery, a servo drive’s output and performance can decline over a period of time. Besides the regular wear and tear, the drive can be damaged by the buildup of dirt and grime, intense swings in temperature, and improper installation.

ACS Can Repair Your Servo Drive

Despite making sure the inverter drive is installed properly and maintained, breakage can occur and the power source’s output might not be regulated. This can cause multiple problems throughout the system. 

If you’re considering whether to repair your servo drive, choose ACS and let us give you a free evaluation and repair quote.

  • Repair usually saves up to 80% the cost of buying a new piece of equipment.
  • Most repairs are back in your hands in 7-15 days after approval.
  • Our Rush Repair Service ships in just 2-5 days after approval.
  • We Guarantee Our Repairs With A Full Two-Year Warranty .

For a Free Evaluation, use our RMA Form link or visit our website and click on the “Contact Us” button on the upper right hand. You can also reach out to us at 800-605-6419 and speak to someone on our customer support team.

Inverter Drive System

Inverter Drive System Repair

The regulation of energy in any operation is critical to performance and output – in cases where power isn’t controlled the result can be damaged equipment or high maintenance costs – and lost production time.

The role of an inverter drive system is to handle energy coming from the main power source. When the power arrives at the inverter, the first step is to convert it from AC to DC power, which occurs in the rectifier. 

Inverter Drive System

Once the power has been converted, it then goes into a set of capacitors. Here, the energy is “smoothed out” – basically the waveform is adjusted for safe consumption by the machinery. Once this occurs, the power is fed to the motor.

It’s an important step since the frequency and voltage is modified based on the amount of energy that is needed – this step not only saves energy and reduces power costs, it also helps ensure that the machinery is running properly.

Factors that Cause Damage

Like any piece of machinery, an inverter drive system can fall prey to a variety of problems that can be caused by internal failure, the operating environment, and overuse. Without proper maintenance the machinery can function below capacity or ultimately wear out.

Capacitor Wear

Capacitors are an integral part of an inverter, and they can wear down due to their sensitivity to temperatures. High current causes increased heat, which is why it’s crucial to regulate the operating speed of any system.

Overuse

Relying on one inverter or a bank of inverters that aren’t right for the job speeds up the wear and tear on an inverter. Over time, despite regular maintenance, the parts simply wear down and then break.

Over Voltage

When voltage increases beyond the capacity of the inverter, components can be severely damaged and cease to work, mostly due to excessive heat. Fuses and circuit breakers usually regulate this problem. Sometimes, though there are power surges that overcome these fail safes and can be attributed to lightning strikes and even solar flares.

Vibrations

Regardless of the age or quality of machinery, vibrations are unavoidable. Excessive vibration can loosen electronics or cause them to corrode. Heat caused by vibration is another culprit. Simple maintenance procedures, which can easily be forgotten include cleaning terminals in the battery box, fuses, and the inverter connection.

ACS Can Repair Your Inverter Drive

Despite making sure the inverter drive is installed properly and maintained, breakage can occur and the power source’s output might not be regulated. This can cause multiple problems throughout the system. 

If you’re considering whether to repair your inverter drive system then choose ACS and let us give you a free evaluation and repair quote.

  • Repair usually saves up to 80% the cost of buying a new piece of equipment.
  • Most repairs are back in your hands in 7-15 days after approval.
  • Our Rush Repair Service ships in just 2-5 days after approval.
  • We Guarantee Our Repairs With A Full Two-Year Warranty .

For a Free Evaluation, use our RMA Form link or visit our website and click on the “Contact Us” button on the upper right hand. You can also reach out to us at 800-605-6419 and speak to someone on our customer support team.