4 Ways to Protect Your Industrial Electronics from Lightning Damage

repairs for lightning damaged electronicsIs it possible to protect your industrial electronics from lightning damage?  Often!  Is the lightning damage to electronics repairable?  Sometimes.

Some “shocking” facts first:

A lightning strike lasts about 1-2 microseconds…not even time to blink an eye and yet long enough to cause destruction of life and property.  Storms this spring are already ferocious and violent in the U.S. Lightning and electronics do not play well together.  Check out some shocking facts that put your electronic gear (and YOU) in danger:

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Bang! And Ripple? Let’s Talk About VFD Drive Repairs

“Operator heard a BANG when they turned the system on; drive does not function when power is applied.” That’s from our customer and a very unhappy scene played out in small shops and manufacturing plants around the country. A dramatic “call for help” from this ABB variable frequency drive! The result: Drive repairs needed!
So, what happened to this ABB VFD drive?

ABB drive repairsIn this case, it’s a perfect example of aging components combined with accumulated dirt. Inspection showed arc damage on the base in the area of the 3 phase A/C bridge module as well as some discrepancy in the gate circuits.

This ABB VFD ACS550-U1-059A-2+B055, Model: ACS550 first got a much needed thorough cleaning right down to the circuit boards and all components were tested. Repairs included replacing the 3 phase A/C bridge rectifier module and IGBT output module. A little detective work, a lot of cleaning and some new components put this ABB variable frequency drive back to work for our New England customer. ABB drive repairs successful! Pretty good news considering the dramatic call for help!

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Avoid E-Waste: Repair, Replace, Reuse, Donate, or Recycle Your Electronic Equipment?

reuse electronics50 million tons! That’s right – that’s how much e-waste is expected to be generated in 2020, ALONE! What is e-waste, exactly? Discarded electronic equipment– anything discarded that has/had a battery or plug.

Is most of this e-waste industrial? Consumer? It’s both, of course. Both consumers and businesses are regularly faced with the dilemma – is it more cost effective to repair electronics? Or to replace? And if you choose to replace, what then do you do with the damaged item you no longer need? All good questions!

The Bad & The Ugly:

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Can This ABB Control be Repaired? What’s Inside a Control Anyway?

ABB controllerCan legacy controllers be repaired? Is it worth the cost? The answer to these questions are, in most cases, YES!

Here’s a perfect example of a recent successful repair of a “legacy” control – ABB control p/n PM554-RP-AC repairs. This relatively simple control repair means that our marine management customer now has a fully functional controller back in service!

What went wrong inside this ABB control?

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Philips Medical Monitor Repair Success!

philips medical monitor repairsMedical monitors don’t last forever! Very frustrating! But, the good news is that most monitors, like this Philips medical monitor, are repairable! And, best of all, they are usually cost effective to repair! In a recent example, with many Philips  monitors to repair, our clinical asset manager customer needed help fast!

The problem?

“There is no power coming out of this board to the backlight. We switched this boardphilips medical lmonitor repairs out with a working board and the backlight worked.” That was the helpful problem description provided by our customer. The item pictured is a Philips circuit board p/n M8079-66401 out of a Philips medical monitor.

The fix?

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YES! ACS Industrial Repairs Medical Electronics

GE Healthcare electronics repairsYou’ve been asking!  These days we are frequently asked, “Do you repair medical electronics?” The answer is YES! ACS repairs many electronics for medical and laboratory devices. And, our experienced technicians have more than 20 years of experience with electronic medical and laboratory equipment repairs!

When your electronic equipment is not working, we know that you canphilips monitor repairs’t get the job done and everyone suffers. Our turnaround time is fast with RUSH repairs taking as little as 2-5 days to complete. We are an independent third-party repair house servicing out of warranty equipment that the OEM no longer supports. Our goal is to get your malfunctioning electronic equipment back up and running Fast, Accurately, and Economically.

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Yes, ACS is Open and Repairing Your Electronics! Important Coronavirus Updates

ACS Industrial ServicesEvery day that we wake up, we are thankful to do so! And we are thankful to continue to be of service to our customers! All of us must adjust to practically an entirely new playing field, every day, due to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 and the responses required.

The safety of our employees, our customers, our vendors and supply chain are our top priority as this virus unfolds globally. Additionally, the economic impact of this will likely be immense and felt everywhere. Our customers are still relying on us to get their industrial electronics repaired and back to them quickly, and we take this very seriously.

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Are Industrial Automation and Robotics the Same Thing?

automation repairsWell, yes and no! When we use “automation” and “robotics” in the same sentence, we are usually talking about industrial automation. That is – controlling the physical processes of manufacturing with non-human machinery.

That automated machinery is made up of numerous components including, but not limited to:
  • Teach Pendants
  • Light Curtains
  • Monitors/HMI’s
  • Servo Motors
  • Drives
  • Axis Boards
  • Operator Control Panels
  • Wrist Assemblies
  • Processors
  • Spot Welding
  • Amplifiers
  • Power Supplies
  • Weld Guns
  • End of Arm Tooling
  • Circuit Boards

These components together create both physical machines and control systems that automate previously human tasks in an industrial process. If this sounds futuristic, it’s not! It’s here now and here to stay.

The CNC machines we are all familiar with are common examples of automation in manufacturing. Robots, however, take things quite a bit further.

How are robots impacting us?

Let your imagination run wild and then double that! The automation robotics market is expanding at a fantastic rate as robots replace humans in industry in the U.S. and abroad. For example, construction robotics alone are expected to grow 450% in the next five years, and similarly medical robots. This is mind altering for many of us!

So what exactly IS the difference between automation and robotics?
  • Automation — Automation involves the use of computer software, machines and/or other technology to carry out a task which was previously done by a human. There are many types of automation. These range from the mechanical to the fully virtual. And from the simple to the very complex. A recent tour I took of a major international cosmetics company plant was a great example of both simple and highly complex automation.
  • Robotics — Robotics incorporates multiple disciplines to design, build, program and use robotic machines to complete human tasks, using both physical elements and  usually some type of artificial intelligence.

The two are typically interrelated, though not always. Robots are used to automate some physical tasks, such as in manufacturing.

Some good news!

These systems can be expensive but they can also save a lot of money in the long run. If you’ve invested a lot of money into your automation systems you will want them to last for a good, long time! The really good news is that this often-expensive equipment can be repaired when damaged.

Do you have questions or concerns about your robotics and automation equipment, or do you think it may need service? If it’s still under warranty, contact your OEM. If it is out of warranty, contact an independent industrial electronic repair center. They should offer free evaluations for your automation components and, if needed, a free quote for repairs. They should also provide repair reports and a good warranty that covers both parts and labor.

About the Author: ACS Industrial is an independent industrial electronic repair center providing repair services for automation equipment of most types and most all manufacturers including Fanuc repairs, Nachi repairs, Kawasaki automation repairs, ABB repairs, Yaskawa repairs, Sick repairs, Kuka repairs, Comau repairs, and Motoman repairs , as well as servo drive repairs, VFD drive repairs, teach pendant repairs, HMI and Operator Control repairs, servo motors, encoders, printed circuit board repairs, monitors and touchscreens, PLCs, test equipment, light curtains, and much more. Our customer service team is available to answer your questions and help solve your industrial electronic repair concerns. Legacy equipment can be repaired! RUSH Service is available. You can reach them by calling 800-605-6419

REAL LIFE STORIES: What to do When a Damaged Circuit Board Causes BIG Manufacturing Problems

Nedpar circuit boards OE 1001-1REAL LIFE STORIES: Even a tiny damaged circuit board can cause BIG problems! When you are producing aluminum and steel you need to be able to be able to shear! In the right place at the right time! What happens when you can’t? Downtime and a whole lot of frustration!

This is the frustration we heard from our steel and aluminum manufacturer customer:   “This board input signals are correct but the outputs are random and incorrect. This board controls a shear and the shear will not operate correctly.”

Random and incorrect shearing = big headache! The good news is this Nedpar circuit boards p/nOE 1001-1/  was perfectly repairable! It needed a lot of cleaning and a lot of new components including 11 capacitors, 6 optocouplers and 3 ICs. It was evaluated, quoted, repaired, tested and shipped back in just 5 business days getting our customer back up and running! Or should we say back up and shearing?

Frustration quickly became satisfaction! Here’s what our customer had to say:

Hi Larry, I wanted to thank you and your team for the expedited service fixing our circuit board. The board has been installed and we are back up and running. Thank you all again for the excellent service” – Greg.

This makes our day! Solving our customer’s electronic repair problems is what we live for! Do you need circuit board repairs too? Nedpar circuit board repairs? We can help!

If you want to know how you can get more out of your circuit boards and extend their life use this link to a previous post you will want to check out. But if the time has come for circuit board repairs and you find yourself searching for a repair center for your damaged electronics, check first to see if your equipment is still under warranty.  If it is still under warranty contact the OEM about repairs.

If your industrial circuit boards or electronics are out of warranty and need repairs, contact an independent industrial electronic repair center to find out if they are a good fit for your company and your particular repair needs. They should offer free evaluations for your damaged equipment and, if needed, a free quote for repairs (no bench fees!).  They should also provide repair reports upon completion if requested and a good warranty of at least one year that covers both parts and labor.

 

About the Author: ACS Industrial Services is an independent industrial electronic repair center providing repairs for all types of industrial electronic equipment and most all manufacturers including circuit board repairs, logic board repairs, industrial power supply repairs, drives, servo motors, CNC equipment, encoders, monitor and touchscreen repairs, test equipment, light curtains, and much more. Rush Service is available and a comprehensive 2-Year Warranty covers most repairs.  The knowledgeable and helpful customer service team is available to answer your questions and help solve your toughest industrial electronic repair problems. You can reach them by calling 800-605-6419.

Can Your Legacy Pacific Scientific Servo Equipment be Repaired?

servo amp repairsIn a word: Yes! Legacy Pacific Scientific servo equipment CAN typically be repaired! There’s a ton of really good Pacific Scientific servo equipment still out there in manufacturing plants being used every single day. You might also be wondering what ever happened to this excellent brand. Don’t worry! The story of the Pac Sci brand isn’t mysterious or unusual.

The Pac Sci equipment brand was purchased by Kollmorgen several years ago and until 2011 kept the Pacific Scientific branding and developed a few new products under the Pac Sci name. But, when the Danaher Corporation divested itself from the Pacific Scientific Aerospace business (a separate business from the Kollmorgen business) it included the sale of the Pacific Scientific brand name and logo. This forced Kollmorgen to remove all the Pacific Scientific branding and replace it with Kollmorgen branding. Simple, just business as usual.Pacific scientific servo drive

The good news is that your legacy Pacific Scientific equipment is usually repairable. And, also usually well worth repairing. Here’s a handy chart with a few part numbers of Pacific Scientific equipment that we frequently see in our shop for repairs with reference pricing based on previous repairs. Your repair may be slightly different depending on the amount of damage or cause of failure.

 

Pacific Scientific SC323A001 Servo Drive $2,174
Pacific Scientific SC753A001-01 Servo Drive $2,710
Pacific Scientific SC902 Servo Drive $1,789
Pacific Scientific SC902-001-01 Servo Drive $2,174
Pacific Scientific SC903-001-01 Servo Amplifier $1,672
Pacific Scientific SC903-001-01 Servo Amplifier $1,488
Pacific Scientific SC905-001-01 Servo Drive $2,304
Pacific Scientific SC905-001-01 Servo Drive $2,048

servo drive circuit board repairsDo you have questions about your Pacific Scientific servo amplifier or drive? Do you think it may need service? If it is out of warranty, contact an independent industrial electronic repair center. They should offer free evaluations for your servo controller and, if needed, a free quote for repairs. They should also provide repair reports and a good warranty that covers both parts and labor.

If you want to find out more about identifying the problem with your Pacific Scientific, or any other servo drive, here’s a previous post with some helpful information.

About the Author: ACS Industrial is an independent industrial electronic repair center providing repair services for servo amplifiers and servo controllers of all types and most all manufacturers including Pacific Scientific and Kollmorgen repairs, as well as servo drive repairs, AC/DC drives, VFD drives, servo motors, encoders, printed circuit board repairs, monitors and touchscreens, PLCs, test equipment, light curtains, and much more. Our customer service team is available to answer your questions and help solve your industrial electronic repair concerns. Legacy equipment can usually be repaired! RUSH Service is available. You can reach them by calling 800-605-6419