industrial electronics

How Do I Tell If My Electronic is Industrial?

industrial electronics

When it comes to electronic devices, it can sometimes be difficult to distinguish between an industrial electronic device or a consumer electronic device. From time to time, we have ACS Industrial customers who will inquire about repairing an electronic device that does not actually fall into the “industrial” category. We thought it would be helpful to create a blog post about what makes an electronic device “industrial” so that our customers have a better understanding of what we are able to repair. Keep reading to learn more!

What is an Industrial Electronic Device?

Industrial Electronics are a subset of electronics that involves electronic equipment in an industrial or sometimes commercial setting. Industrial electronics play a major role in most industries, both light and heavy, like manufacturing, CNC and fabricating, energy, transportation, and agriculture. Industrial electronics are also commonly used in chemical processing plants, power plants, water treatment plants, laboratories, and construction sites.

Examples of Industrial Electronics

Here are some common examples of electronics that fall under the “industrial” category:

What is a Consumer Electronic Device?

On the other side of the electronics industry, there are consumer electronic devices. Consumer electronics are intended for everyday use, mostly in private homes. Most major industries are not relying on consumer electronics to power their facilities. Also, most consumer electronic items are relatively inexpensive to replace!

Examples of Consumer Electronics

Here are some common examples of electronics that fall under the “consumer” category:

  • Laptop components
  • Cellphones
  • Home appliances
  • Home air conditioners
  • Hot tubs and pools
  • Gaming consoles
  • Computers
  • Home exercise equipment
  • Home gate and garage openers
  • Bitcoin miners
  • Automotive components
  • Small marine equipment
  • Home audio 
  • RV electronics

A Good Rule of Thumb

Here’s a good rule of thumb we like to tell our customers: if a replacement is going to cost you less than $600, it’s probably not an industrial electronic device. That’s because most industrial items are expensive to purchase and require extensive parts and labor for repairs. As industrial experts, our minimum cost for a repair is currently $280 and most consumer electronics can be replaced for much less – and that makes it a wise choice to replace your consumer item if possible, or we can often recommend a consumer electronic repair resource to you. 

Work with ACS Industrial Services

Now that you understand the difference between an industrial and a consumer electronic device, then reach out to ACS Industrial Services to start repairing any devices that fall into the “industrial” category! If you are still unsure what category your electronic device falls under, please contact our friendly and helpful customer service team and ask. They will be able to help answer if your electronic device is industrial or consumer-grade. They may even be able to direct you to a good repair alternative should your item fall under the consumer category! 

For a Free Evaluation, use our RMA Form link or Contact Us. You can also reach us at 800-605-6419 and speak to someone on our customer support team.

Counterfeit Electronic Components

Beware of Counterfeit Electronic Components

Counterfeit Electronic Components

The industrial electronics industry is booming, both domestically and globally. As our society grows and becomes more technologically savvy, so does our need to purchase more industrial electronics to power our manufacturing efforts. Did you know that counterfeit electronic components are a multi-billion dollar industry on the Black Market? Keep reading to learn how ACS Industrial Services actively avoids using counterfeit components in our repairs to protect our clients’ industrial electronic devices. 

What is a Counterfeit Electronic Component?

Before we get into how to spot a counterfeit electronic component, it’s important to understand what it is first. A counterfeit electronic component is an unauthorized copy, substitute, modified, or imitation. In order to be a counterfeit component, the producer has to knowingly misrepresent the component as legitimate from an authorized manufacturer. Electronic components can also be classified as counterfeits when they are altered to appear “new” without disclosing their prior usage. Integrated circuits (ICs) are one of the most common counterfeit electronic components. 

Why Are Some Electronic Components Counterfeited? 

Several factors contribute to an electronic component being counterfeited. Some examples include scarcity, limited quality control, unreliable supply chains, bargain hunting, cutting corners to reduce costs, and more. Counterfeit components can seriously compromise the capabilities of an electronic device and even the reputation of the manufacturer. If you are a business owner who is assembling a device that is using counterfeit electronic components, then you are taking a big risk when it comes to selling a product that is reliable to your customers.

How ACS Industrial Services Detects Counterfeit Electronic Components

If you are not enmeshed in the industrial electronic industry, it will be difficult to spot counterfeit electronic components. ACS Industrial Services has strict standards that prevent the use of counterfeit components in our industrial electronic repairs. One of the main ways that ACS Industrial Services prevents counterfeit components from ending up in our repairs is by working with reliable vendors. We vet all of our vendors to ensure that they are providing top-notch electronic repair components to protect our customers’ industrial electronics. 

Work with a Trusted Source

ACS Industrial is the fast, accurate, and affordable choice for manufacturing and commercial customers. With an undivided focus on repairs, we’ve built our reputation on outstanding customer service and a ‘whatever-it-takes’ dedication to solving the toughest electronic repair challenges for our customers.

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

  • Repairs can often save as much as 80% of 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.

electronic equipment

Why It’s Important to Recycle and Repair Your Electronic Equipment

As an owner or operator of a manufacturing or industrial operation, much of the equipment you own contains electronics. Whether they’re screens, motherboards, or internal drives, they all eventually wear down or break.

electronic equipment

When this happens there are two general choices you can make: recycle them or have them repaired. Each choice can bring a variety of benefits that require some consideration and advance planning.

Recycle

If you decide to recycle electronic equipment, you’re doing more than clearing space for a new machine that can benefit your operation. Electronic waste continues to mount and landfills are beginning to run out of space.

ACS Industrial’s operation has been focused on recycling for years, and we make a concentrated effort to “keep it green” whenever possible. The environment needs all the help it can get, and we’re proud to join in the effort.

The recycle route is also good for your brand and reputation. People – clients, partners, and vendors – like to work with companies that have recycling programs. Showing everyone that your operation is green can bring in additional customers and add to your bottom line.

If you decide to recycle, there are plenty of services who will work with you, and in some cases pick up your used electronic equipment. Just remember to erase any data or sensitive information from hard drives and similar storage devices before they’re picked up.

There are several elements and metals that cannot be picked up for recycling because of the materials they contain or because they are not on the general approved list. A few of these non-recyclable materials include:

  • Kitchen equipment: Toasters, coffee makers, microwave ovens
  • Laboratory equipment: Hot plates, microscopes, calorimeters
  • Cathode ray tubes (CRTs): Computer monitors, televisions
  • Other electronics: Printers, scanners, laptops, keyboards, copiers, telephones, lamps, clocks, flashlights, circuit boards, camcorders, fax machines, cell phones, hair dryers, irons and blenders.

In many cases, your local landfill will have designated areas for these types of materials and equipment so you can drop them off so they can be properly disposed of.

Repair

Machinery has a limited lifetime, and even though you are consistent with your maintenance process, parts will still wear down. While some of them can be replaced, electronics are a different story.

Industrial equipment is built to withstand heavy use and changes in temperature – along with keeping out dust, grime, and other contaminants. They’re also capable of handling heavy vibrations and hold up through extended run times.

However, when an electronic component starts to falter, repairing it can be an option. Depending on the warranty of the equipment, along with your operating budget and schedule, repairing the broken piece is a viable option.

Trying to fix it yourself can be time consuming, and you may not have the resources or expertise to get the job done right. Professional repair services handled by experts ensure the problem will be solved, and extend the life of your equipment. 

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.

water damage

How Does Water Damage Affect Electronics?

We all know that electronics and water just don’t mix. Ask anyone who has dropped a smartphone in the sink or had a burst pipe flood their office over the weekend. 

Water damage can occur in a variety of ways – there’s the “all at once” manner such as floods caused by severe storms, backed up drains, and burst pipes in the walls, ceilings, and floors. 

The other manner of water damage occurs over time due to slow seepage in and around work areas and machine shops. A faulty HVAC system can create damp and humid conditions that over time can cause water to condense inside machinery, computers, and other electronics.

water damage

But how does the damage actually occur?

When water penetrates an electronic or battery operated device, it can dry underneath circuit boards, integrated chip boards, capacitors, and other vital pieces that provide power to the unit. 

Once the water dries, it leaves behind contaminants and minerals, and these are the real culprits that cause damage to delicate parts.

It’s interesting to note that if a device is exposed to filtered or purified water, there’s a better than average chance that – if properly dried – the unit will function. This happens because there are no contaminants or minerals in this type of water.

Units and machines with LCD screens that have been exposed to water are a different story. When moisture – whether from excessive condensation or being soaked completely – gets in between the digitizer and the glass, the screen is essentially ruined. 

Devices that are powered by rechargeable batteries that use alkali or alkaline elements can be destroyed by water, without any chance of repair. The reason is that these elements are highly reactive to water – no matter if it’s over the course of time or immediate. 

When any electronic equipment has been exposed to water, there are a few actions you can take, depending on the size of the unit and the amount of water and moisture involved. Removing the devices from the area is the first step, the next is to place them in a dry area and use a heat source – set on low – to evaporate the moisture.

Taking apart the device to try and dry internal components shouldn’t be attempted. In many cases it can void the manufacturer’s warranty. In addition to this, the pieces that are inside the unit can be further damaged and unrepairable.

ACS Can Help

If you’re considering whether to repair your water damaged electronics 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.