Water-Damaged Industrial Electronics

How to Handle Water-Damaged Industrial Electronics

Water-Damaged Industrial Electronics

It’s no secret that industrial electronics and water do not mix. So what happens when one of your industrial electronics suffers water damage in your facility? Keep reading for a few helpful tips about what to do when your electronic device suffers water damage.

Why water damages industrial electronics

Before we get into what to do when your industrial electronic device experiences water damage, let’s first examine how water affects the device overall. It may surprise you to learn that water itself is not generally harmful to an industrial electronic device. It’s actually the impurities within the water that cause damage. There are impurities and ions within water that we cannot see and when they form a link, they can connect two contact points within a device.

When this connection happens, it can alter where the electricity should go, which will cause the industrial electronic device to short circuit. A short circuit is when an electric current flows down the wrong path with little electrical resistance. Short circuits can cause serious damage, such as fires, small-scale explosions, or worse. Short circuits are actually the leading cause of structural fires around the globe.

Water Damage Long Term Effects

Now that you understand how serious water damage can be to your industrial electronics, it’s important to realize the other long-term effects that water cause to your industrial electronics.

  • Corrosion: If your industrial electronics do not suffer from a short circuit, they could become damaged over time from corrosion. Corrosion happens when water damages a device, then oxidation happens. When oxygen bonds with metal, it produces rust and can cause the metal to flake off and lose its valuable properties. Corrosion often takes time to notice but can cause serious damage to your industrial electronics. 

  • Condensation: When your industrial electronics are exposed to water, then issues with condensation can also become a big problem. Condensation is the process of water changing from a vapor back into a liquid. When water vapor in the air touches an electrical component, condensation will begin. This can lead to damage like short circuits, corrosion, shock risk, and more. 

If your industrial electronics suffered from water damage or water exposure, be sure to get it looked at right away to prevent long-term or irreversible damage. Remember to be careful when handling water-damaged industrial electronics, as there are risks associated with it.

Work with ACS Industrial Services

ACS Industrial Services offers a free evaluation to determine if your water-damaged electronics can be fixed. This is a core service area that ACS has helped customers around the country deal with for two decades. Save money with expert electronics water damage repair service and call ACS Industrial Services! 

Let us give you a free evaluation and repair quote.

  • A repair usually saves up to 80% of the cost of buying a new drive
  • 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.
Supply Chain Issues

How Supply Chain Issues Affect Electronic Repairs

It’s no secret that many are experiencing supply chain issues. This global conundrum has wreaked havoc on many industries, especially before the busy holiday season where organizations rely on the efficiency of the supply chain. Before COVID-19, the electronics industry was a reliable source for efficient and stable deliveries. Now, that’s a different story. We’re exploring a few of the ways that the electronic industry is being affected by the supply chain issues and what organizations can do to combat it.

Supply Chain Issues

How Did We Get Here?

As we mentioned above, the electronics manufacturing industry used to be very stable and consistent pre-pandemic. However, when the world went into an international lockdown in March 2020, this set the industry back significantly. What we’re seeing and experiencing now are the after effects of this time in 2020 when manufacturing came to a screeching halt. As many factories had to shut down for quarantine last year, that threw off production time for the coming year. To make matters worse, when the factories were able to open up, most of the world faced a global worker shortage that has affected the staff at manufacturing centers. These two elements alone have led to an extreme delay in the receiving and manufacturing of essential electronic materials.

So How Can Companies Combat This Issue?

While average Americans cannot control the major issues the current supply chain debacle has created, we can provide solutions for how to best respond to this crisis. ACS Industrial Services is your expert repair resource for industrial electronic and automation equipment from all types of industry around the globe. Our mission is to get you back up and running fast and economically with truly helpful customer service, even despite current electronic supply chain issues. If your electronic equipment is broken, contact ACS Industrial Services for a free quote. We will do everything in our power to locate the right materials needed to repair your project to the best of our ability! Let us help you with your electronics repair needs.

ACS Industrial has a team that can locate the problem, offer a quote, and then get to work. We’ve worked for more than two decades in the repair field, and we carry a large inventory to speed up the repair process.

Let the specialists 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.

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.

lab equipment

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.

tips for keeping up with electronics maintenance

5 Tips for Keeping Up with Electronics Maintenance

Properly maintaining your company’s electronics helps to ensure that the job gets done correctly and efficiently, all while getting your money’s worth. 

There are several practices your company can use to make sure your business’s industrial electronics stay up to date, up to code, and working efficiently. Below are five tips for keeping up with electronics maintenance:

1. Implement Preventive Measures

Be sure to access your company’s electronic library and decide what preventative measures need to be taken to protect each device. For example, does your company use many iPads? Consider investing in industrial-strength cases to prevent damage on the job site. 

There are several different types of electronics and many solutions on the market to keep them safe, so be sure to check out what’s best for your company. It could end up saving lots of time and money in the long run. 

2. Perform Software Updates 

For electronics that require software, checking for updates regularly ensures that they continue working properly and can prevent security issues. Stay up to date with the manufacturer for the latest upgrades and updates – they may even offer an email list that provides information every time an update is released.

3. Set Up a Routine

So many of us live by Google calendars these days – and there’s a reason for that. They give us the reminders that we need and keep us on track for work, events, and more. Whatever platform your organization uses to schedule meetings can also be used to schedule regular maintenance, whether that means bringing a contractor in or having your in-house IT department handle it.

This routine can help you catch issues earlier, reducing costs and preventing potentially dangerous mishaps. 

4. Clean All Devices

Before cleaning, be sure to unplug all electrical devices to avoid harm. Once safety precautions have been taken, it is essential to clean all electronics thoroughly. For example, does your business use machines daily? If so, consider cleaning all aspects of the device with the proper tools and using products to lubricate the moving parts to keep them running smoothly. 

5. Store Properly 

When employees or customers are done using electronics at the end of the day, they must be appropriately stored to increase longevity. Consider sorting all devices and tools by size or use and ensuring that each is still protected from harm. This keeps them safe and promotes positive organizational habits, which result in easy access in times of need. 

Rotationally molded hard cases can be a good way to both store and ship electronics while keeping them safe Also, be sure that all electronics are stored in a cool, dry area, out of direct sunlight. 

ACS Industrial Services, Inc. has been providing fast and reliable electronic repair services for virtually all types of commercial and industrial equipment since 1999—well over 26,000 repairs completed!

In addition to expert repairs, preventive maintenance is completed at the time of service, allowing ACS to offer a comprehensive 2 Year Warranty on your entire unit. We stand behind our work! We want our customers to feel confident their repaired items will go back into service as soon as they get them back.

To learn more about how we can help your business, contact ACS Industrial today. Visit our website to fill out our contact form, or give us a call at 800-605-6419

Okuma Spindle Drive Mysteriously Stops Working

Okuma drive repairsDid you ever think something as simple as a fan could hold up the completion of a huge order? No one at this major U.S. aviation manufacturer saw this coming as work on the order had been humming along smoothly. Until it wasn’t.

Our customer carefully tested the boards in the failing Okuma SDU-600W spindle drive by moving them to other machines fearing they were fried, but they worked. The problem “NM still not matching tach speed” persists and the project is stopped. What now?

After carefully crating the down drive, the manufacturer shipped the 100 lb. machine to ACS Industrial Services for a free electronics repair evaluation. Still worried, they request it be changed to a rush after it had already arrived at ACS. No problem for ACS…this is not uncommon and we really understand as the panic level can ratchet up with production deadlines looming.

Of course, it’s never as simple as “just a fan”. After evaluating the drive our tech team discovers that the big, evil problem holding up production is primarily a bad fan causing overheating, along with a fair bit of grease and dirt gumming up the works. The team replaces the bad cooling fan; cleans up the troubling grease and dirt; replaces some aging components; retests wiring connections, gate circuits, SCRs and the contactor. The whole unit is powered up and tested successfully.

Mystery solved and production is once again humming along. On to the next emergency!

Four Easy Ways To Keep Your Motor Up and Running

get servo motor repairsDid you know that more than 70% of  the U.S.  industrial electricity consumption involves motor-driven systems used mostly for pumps, fans, blower systems, and air compression?  That’s a lot of motors and a lot of motor repair needs.

You can avoid motor problems by implementing these simple strategies:

  1. Buy the right motor for your application.  Make sure your motor(s) can handle 3.1 times the line voltage at a 0.1 microsecond rise time.  This is not the time to be a penny pincher.
  2. Define your parameters .  This avoids overheating in constant-torque applications. At too low a speed, a TEFC motor will overheat.
  3. Use insulated bearings or shaft ground bushings.  If the VFD is run often at a single speed, arcing through the bearings in the same place can deteriorate them.
  4. Minimize the distance from the drive to the motor.

And of course,as I always say, avoid the industrial axis of evil:  Heat, Dirt, and Moisture.  You can think of this trio of evil as The Joker, The Penguin, and The Ridler causing mayhem in your shop.

Batman would not allow heat, dirt, or moisture to enter the bat cave and neither should you!  If he did, he would need servo motor repair and we would be most happy to provide the industrial electronics repair services necessary.

Varian Circuit Board Repair

Varian03-930210-01  RepairsEvery week…no, no, make that every DAY we get interesting items in for repair.  They are causing trouble for the various industrial plants, offices, or wherever they came out of.  This week’s Troublemaker:  a Varian circuit board 03-930210-01.  The defective board (pictured) comes out of a Varian Saturn 2000 MS power suppy  located in a plant in Liechtenstein- problem was, it wasn’t supplying any power causing a hold-up in production.   In case you didn’t know, Liechtenstein is located in central Europe between Austria and Switzerland.

The European plant needed electronics repair fast and they couldn’t find it in Liechtenstein or anywhere nearby.   They contacted ACS Industrial and we were able to turn this around and ship it back repaired to Liechtenstein in just 8 days.  Doesn’t matter where you are, we will jump through hoops to help you out!  Do you need electronics repair?  Call our helpful customer service team at 800-605-6419 or go straight to our website to fill out a Free Repair Evaluation form at www.acsindustrial.com.