lab equipment

The Benefits of Lab Equipment Repair Services

When you own and operate a lab, the performance of  your equipment is vital. Not only does it need to be correctly calibrated and functioning, it also needs to be reliable. You can’t have precious equipment breakdown or malfunction at the wrong time – or any time.

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That’s why it’s so important to have a reliable lab equipment repair service at your disposal. In addition to recalibrating and fixing any problems, these services can also lengthen the lifetime of your equipment. You won’t have to find the money in your budget to pay for new lab equipment when what you own is in highly maintained condition.

Preventative Maintenance

One of the main benefits of lab equipment repair services is preventative maintenance. In addition to saving money, these plans also help increase productivity. It’s easier to plan around a scheduled maintenance appointment than having to scramble if a crucial piece of equipment suddenly stops working. 

This approach also allows a lab to budget money in advance, instead of having to pay higher fees for emergency repairs and a quick turnaround. Finally, preventative maintenance prolongs the life of your equipment – saving you having to make a sizable investment in new equipment.

Professional Relationships

Another key benefit to lab equipment repair services is creating a trusting and professional relationship with your preferred maintenance provider. Besides receiving accurate and honest feedback, you’ll also create a network of professionals who speak your language and have your best interests in mind.

When you can establish this type of relationship, it also saves money and time spent sending out requests for proposals and repair time. You know who you are dealing with and what they will charge in advance, which eliminates time consuming steps that will severely hinder the output of your lab.

Remaining Accredited

Depending upon the industry your lab services, there are a variety of standards and guidelines that must be followed. In order to stay in compliance, lab equipment must be operating within these guidelines. Lab equipment repair companies can ensure that this is the case by providing their services on a scheduled routine. In some cases, this type of service is mandated by the organization that monitors compliance.

ACS Can Help

ACS Services has been providing test instrument and lab repair services for two decades, and our clients will tell you that our services are unparalleled. We will repair your equipment and also make sure that they are calibrated to NIST traceable standards.

Our techs can handle repair for most popular brands and manufacturers, including the following:

Our goal is to provide accurate evaluation followed by a free quote. Most of our repairs will be back in your hands in 7-15 days, with our Rush Repair Service shipping in just 2-5 days. Plus, we guarantee all of our repairs with a full two year-warranty.

Send your item today for expert repair and calibration of your electronic test & laboratory equipment. One of our knowledgeable customer service reps is waiting to answer your questions and provide professional electronic repair solutions. Please contact us at 800-605-6419. Or click here for our no-charge repair form.

I:O Cards

What I/O Cards are and How They Work

The term I/O means “input” and “output” and are the fundamental idea behind computers. Basically, for every input, there’s an output. You pull up a document on your computer and use the keyboard to print it. The keyboard is the input and the printer is the output. This is a simple explanation of I/O, but it’s a good start to help explain what I/O cards are and how they work.

I:O Cards

The ports on your laptop or desktop computer are also known as I/O imports for the same reason – you plug in a USB cord, controller, or other peripheral device, which is the input. What the device controls is the output.

So what are I/O Cards?

When you look at an I/O card, you’ll probably think it resembles a circuit board – that’s because it is! This board plugs into a slot on the motherboard of a computer so it can control a peripheral device like a controller or mouse. 

I/O cards are also called interface cards, adapters, or controllers. In addition they might be referred to as expansion cards, because they expand the capability of a computer or laptop. Of course, these cards are also used in an industrial capacity and are much larger and more complex than those used for personal computers.

How Do They Work?

I/O cards function as a bridge between a computer and an outside device – this can range from a monitor to a keyboard. The outside device transmits a signal to the I/O card which results in an action being performed.

The part of the I/O card that faces out can accept a variety of different devices and cables. While some cable inputs might be as simple as a USB plug, industrial size I/O cards may be customized to accept specially designed plugs and devices.

When an I/O card is damaged, there is a disconnect with the device, which can cause errors and downtime. Damage can occur in a variety of ways, and much like circuit boards, I/O cards can be repaired or replaced, depending upon the amount of damage they have sustained.

What Happens If Your I/O Card is Damaged?

Should your I/O card or module be damaged, it’s not necessary to purchase a new one, ACS Industrial services has a staff of experts who can perform a free evaluation of the card and a repair quote that is dependable and accurate. In many cases repairing a card can save you up to 80% of the cost to purchase a new one.

With more than two decades of service and repair, ACS works with most of the major brand of I/O cards and equipment, including:

  • Emerson PACSystems RX3i
  • Siemens
  • Rockwell Automation / Allen Bradley
  • Mitsubishi Electric
  • Schneider Electric
  • ABB
  • Honeywell Process

ACS usually has repaired I/O cards back to you within 7-15 days, and if it’s an emergency that requires immediate attention, we also offer a Rush Repair Service with shipping back to you between 2-5 days.

You can find out more about our I/O repair services on our website page or call us today at 800-605-6419.

circuit board

5 Facts You May Not Know About Circuit Boards

Circuit boards have been in existence for more than a century, and as technology has progressed, they have played a major role in virtually every industry. But what are they and what job do they perform?

circuit board

A circuit board’s main function is to connect all of the electronic components in a device – computer, appliance, etc. – into a compact space. In addition a circuit board insulates all of these components when they are connected to a power source.

While they are commonplace, there are many facts about circuit boards that the general public doesn’t know about.

There are several different types of circuit boards.

Printed circuit boards, also known as PCBs, come in several different varieties. The most common is the Single-Layer PCB which has a basic design and is used for everyday devices like printers and calculators. Double Layer PCBs have a layer of conducting material and are used in industrial conductors, phones and amplifiers. A Multi-Layer PCB is smaller than others and is insulated to avoid damage, you’ll find these in complex equipment like satellite systems and medical equipment.

They Are Comprised of Several Different Elements

A PCB is more than a sheet of plastic, it also has an energy source and a conductor, which carries the energy, this is known as a track or trace. The electrical load piece takes in the energy and controls the performance of the circuit in terms of voltage and current. Finally, the controller switch controls the flow of power in the circuit.

Most Circuit Boards are Green

The solder mask, also known as the solder resist, is the material used to protect a PCB’s conductive layer. It’s made of a thin layer of polymer ink and is screen printed onto the board. The general color is green, but you can also find some in red or blue – and white for LED display purposes. The American military was also partial to this color when they first started using them.

Those Aren’t Wires…

Although at first glance a PCB seems to contain a vast array of wires, they’re actually copper traces – they’re small and flat and take up less space, but their main benefit is that electrons can move very quickly along the copper. It’s also easier to connect the small components on a circuit board with these traces.

PCBs are Tough

They may look flimsy or brittle, but PCBs can take a beating and still work. Of course, there are limits to their durability and performance, and when this happens they can be sent in for repair. ACS can repair your industrial circuit board in as little as 7-15 days and we guarantee our repairs for up to two years.

ACS Are Circuit Board Experts!

ACS can repair virtually any type of circuit board, which means you can save money and costly downtime. The personnel who will take care of your repair are experienced professionals who are backed with our rock solid two-year warranty.

We service all types of boards and most brands at competitive prices, and we’re comfortable working with most OEM boards, including:

You can visit our circuit board repair page or call 800-605-6419.

light curtain

Common Reasons for Light Curtain Repairs

Why is My Light Curtain Not Working?

Light curtains are one of the most reliable types of safety devices you can have installed in your operation. Designed to keep employees and machinery safe, they are invaluable and in most cases, require updates and repairs on a semi-regular basis. 

light curtain

Normal light curtains require regular maintenance in order for them to work properly and ensure that stoppages don’t occur.  When your light curtain ceases to work properly, the safety risk immediately increases. A malfunctioning light curtain may not stop a machine or other mechanical related device – the door on a loading dock for instance – from going into a safety mode and halting operation. 

Causes for Light Curtain Malfunction

There are several different reasons for a light curtain to malfunction and require repair. No matter what the cause is, when a light curtain doesn’t work correctly, employees may be tempted to continue to work with the machinery in order to get their jobs accomplished. Obviously, this can cause immediate and severe injury or even death.

Dirt, Oil, and Water

When the sensor light apparatus is dirty – whether due to buildup, a spill, or a dusty work environment – the light curtain will begin to malfunction. The light curtain repair solution for this particular problem requires much more than soap and water. 

In addition, water may have gotten into sensitive parts of the machinery, which could cause internal problems with wiring and fuses. An authorized technician can thoroughly investigate the sensor and use the proper cleaning solutions and methods to make sure the light is as bright as it should be.

Vibrations

Warehouses, factories, assembly lines, and other industries that make use of light curtains usually employ machines and other tools that can cause constant vibration, which can travel through the air and via concrete, stone, and metal. Over time, these vibrations can cause the components of the light curtain to shift, resulting in the light curtain to function erratically or stop working altogether.

Power Source

You may need light curtain repair if the source that powers your light curtain has stopped working – this could be a result of faulty wiring, overloads of the power grid, problems with the main breakers, and a variety of other reasons. When power is cut off to the light curtain, it can cease to work entirely, or continually reset, which will lead to the curtain working in an erratic manner, increasing the level of danger to workers.

Placement of the Light Curtain

The initial installment of the light curtain may have been done improperly, but it was still able to function. Over time, with heavy use and possible damage to the components, the sensors and other apparatus may no longer be in the precise location. This can cause the light curtain to function intermittently or not at all.

ACS Industrial Gets Your Light Curtain Working

Regardless of why your light curtain is no longer working, ACS Industrial provides expert light curtain repair services at affordable and competitive prices. We realize that down time means lost money and production, which is why we do our best to create a quote for you in 24-36 hours. Rush jobs are usually quoted 24 hours or less. 

Some of the brands we service include:

For more information, visit our light curtain repair page or call 800-605-6419.