Case Study: Preventing Unnecessary Repeat Repair Costs

Expert Fanuc A06B-6134-H203#A Drive RepairsHave you ever had to repair your electronic equipment twice?  Or more times even?  For the same, exact problem?  Maybe, for example, an expensive drive repair?  This unfortunate situation does happen with some regularity and it can usually be prevented by taking some simple, no cost/low cost steps.

Here’s a very recent case study in which this scenario was completely averted.  A Fanuc drive arrived on our loading dock needing repair.  Enclosed with the unit were notes about the errors it was showing.  Notes are great!

The repair was completed and shipped back like clockwork, but here’s the big difference.  The customer wanted to know some possible causes for this particular failure.  There are many of course, but here are a few we provided them to help isolate the problem:

Possible Drive Failure Causes

1. Open fuse.

2. Defective main power contactor.

3. Open or loose connections in wiring.

4. Defective step down transformer if one is used in this application.

A little time spent investigating the root cause of the failure before reinstalling a repaired unit can save you a big headache and a chunk of change.

Is this rocket science?  Heck no.  A big surprise?  Of course not.  But the prevention approach does bear repeating because it is too often overlooked.  Save yourself the headache and the extra money by checking out the integrity of the machine your damaged unit came out of before reinstalling the repaired unit.  Simple.  Worth it.  No extra money spent on repeat drive repairs this time!

About ACS Industrial Services:  ACS Industrial Services is a third-party industrial electronic repair company with facilities in Maryland and North Carolina providing expert repair services for  industrial electronic equipment from circuit board repairs to servo motor repairs and everything inbetween.  ACS Industrial Services provides expert repair services for virtually all types of commercial and industrial electronics. Our customers range from Fortune 500 companies to small, sole proprietors. We welcome international customers.

 

Servo Drive Improvement and Repair Options

Expert Fuji Drive RepairsVariable frequency drives for motor driven systems is pretty much a no-brainer what with the energy savings and process improvements.  If you are looking for some beneficial reasons to invest in a VFD take a look at this post I wrote awhile back http://www.acsindustrial.com/blog/industrial-electronic-repair-services/install-a-variable-speed-drive-and-reap-the-rewards/.  If you want to know the story about this bad-a@# drive read on.

Like anything else in your plant, drives can break down like the pictured Fuji drive .  This drive comes out of a facility making turned parts and they are busy…well, they were busy.   This drive has had a number of failures and alarms over the past year and eventually overheated, stalled the machine and melted the drill in the work piece. And as a final insult, when in constant surface speed the drive alarms out under voltage when the spindle accelerates hard.

However tempting, this customer did not drop kick the defective unit to the moon and instead sent it half way around the world to our expert drive repair team.  After evaluating the unit, replacing numerous parts, cleaning and testing, this bad boy is nearly ready to be carefully packed and shipped back to work.

Is your drive giving you a headache?  Get in touch with our expert drive repair team at drive repairs.  Maybe it’s your servo motor giving your drive the headache.  In that case, our servo motor repairs team is at your disposal.

Get Service for Hurricane Damaged Industrial Electronics

Hurricane Irene has been no friend to the East Coast …and certainly no friend to your industrial electronics.  Some good news…our facilities are up and running at ACS.  Even though some of our staff’s homes still do not have power, everyone is pulling to keep ACS busy solving your repair needs.

If you’ve got water or storm damaged industrial electronics, not all is lost.  Many items may still be repairable.  Following Hurricane Katrina the ACS team was able to provide repair services to many companies affected.  Our techs were able to repair many pieces of industrial electronics including a large quantity of circuit boards coated in Louisiana mud.  It was messy, but we did it!

Get your equipment back up and running fast.  Our tech team is ready to help you with board repairs, power supply repairs, drive repairs, motor repairs, monitors, encoder repairs, and most other industrial electronics repairs.

For assistance, call our helpful customer service team at 800-605-6419 or go directly to our website where you can request a repair evaluation www.acsindustrial.com.   Rush service is available.

Plant & Facilities Managers Ace Problem Solvers – Hear What’s On Their Minds

Three cheers for the facilities, maintenance, and plant managers out there!  No, make that TEN cheers!   What a great bunch of nimble and creative people who increasingly have to achieve more with less…and for the most part, enjoy that challenge.
Besides just flat out asking our customers what’s up in their world, I also like to participate in various online forums and social media for facilities, maintenance, and plant managers.  What I hear is that you all really love solving plant problems and finding solutions to nagging plant issues that effect energy efficiency, sustainability, construction, plant equipment, security, and safety.
You love the daily variety of the work and the chance to make things run better.  Not that things are always perfect.  I also hear your frustrations such as “maintenance is the first department to get budget  and staffing cuts”,  “ too many regulatory and  changing requirements”,  “ tough to find electrical technicians with the right set of skills”, and “adhering to someone else’s timeline”.
Nevertheless, I am awed by the overwhelming positivity you guys continue to express and the ways you find to solve the problems at hand.  For example, one fellow was frustrated with the fact that management made decisions and budget cuts without really understanding what he was up against.
He didn’t yell or go home and beat the dog; instead he threw a party in the engine room and invited management.  They came and were fascinated, learned a thing or two and got to meet the people that actually make it all work.  The next time they rework the budget, they will do so with a greater understanding of the facilities’ needs.
Our goal is to help you achieve your goals when you need industrial electronic repair services.  Whether it’s servo motor repairs, or drive repairs, power supply repairs… whatever it is, let us know the situation…the more we know the more we can help.  If it’s a super rush, let us know and our technicians will do everything possible to meet your requirements.
As one forum writer noted, being a Plant/Facilities/Maintenance Manager is not for the faint of heart nor the slow of mind.  I think we can all agree on that.