6 Top Tips to Extend the Life of Your Power Supply

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Power supplies – they are ever present for most of us, both at work and at home.  They come in all sizes and levels of quality and for myriad purposes.   Even so, they have some things in common – their universal dislike of moisture, heat, and dirt – which I like to refer to as the electronic axis of evil.

Here are 6 top tips to extend the life of your power supply and avoid having to replace or repair your power supply:

1.  Number one tip, by far, is to buy the best power supply you can afford that is adequate for the load.  A power supply is absolutely one of those things where you get what you pay for.  If you opt for a cheap unit, it may not supply adequate current even when used within nominal power ratings.  Power supplies don’t like to die alone either – they usually take down other components with them when they go.  Buying a cheapie power supply will cost you in the end!

2.  Know the MTBF…that is your “Mean Time Between Failures” rating of your power supply.  To do this you can check the electrolytic capacitors used in your PSU.  Capacitors have a limited life that affects the life span of the power supply.  Either ask your sales rep for this data or check on these:

  • Size of Capacitor – bigger is usually better
  • Operating Temperature – the hotter your work environment, the shorter the power supply’s life
  • Component Rating – how much voltage the unit can safely handle

3.  Make sure the area around the power supply is well ventilated.  (Remember…power supplies hate excess heat.)

4.  Keep the vent and fan clean and free of lint, grease, dust or whatever it is that accumulates in your plant or office.  This may mean cleaning it often, at least once a week.

5.  Minimize vibrations.

6.  Don’t get your power supply wet – ever.  Unless it is made to operate in a wet environment.

If your power supply does quit on you, know that most power supplies are repairable.  Even those that are choked in grease and dirt (as they often are) can usually be revived.  If your unit is still under warranty call the power supply manufacturers to get assistance. If your power supply is out of warranty, you can still get power supply repairs from a reputable industrial electronic repairs shop.  However, none of this applies if you bought one of those no-name, super-cheap power supplies from some mystery website.  If this is the case, your best and cheapest (really!) course of action is probably to replace it with a better quality power supply.

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, repairs for industrial power supplies, drives, servo motors, CNC equipment, encoders, monitors and touchscreens, test equipment, light curtains, and much more.  Rush Service is available and a comprehensive 2-Year Warranty covers most repairs.  The customer service team is available to answer your questions and help solve your industrial electronic repair problems. You can reach them by calling 800-605-6419 or going to www.acsindustrial.com.

Tips for Buying Used Industrial Electronics

Vickers S40 CNC controllerBuyer beware! Caveat emptor….you’ve heard it many times.  And when buying used industrial electronics (or anything for that matter) be hyper alert for problems.  This 1986 Vickers controller S40 was purchased second hand for use in a sheet metal fabricating shop.

As it turned out, the controller did have more than a few problems.  Soon after purchase the Y Axis controller was losing Y values during a run which the customer kept to a minimum by cooling with an external fan.  Months later the unit was failing on start up. When this unit is working properly the L5 L6 L7 all light up ready to work but the customer ended up with just the L4 lighting.

On top of all that, it appeared that previous repairs had been attempted which had not solved the problems.  In fact, the “repairs” themselves were the biggest problem.  Because it was purchased used, our customer had no idea what the history was with this unit.   It was just a hot mess, literally.

Bad times at this Australian sheet metal fabrication shop.  Luckily, this unit was repairable, and just as importantly, worth repairing.  After disassembling the unit and identifying the problems repairs were performed including repairing the switcher supply circuitry and replacing all the supply caps and buss caps.   All of the components were checked including the IGBTs and any that were aging were replaced. The unit was thoroughly cleaned, reassembled and tested before shipping back to the customer in working order.

After receiving the repaired unit back in Australia, our customer gave our team a 5 STAR review and had this to say:  “repaired unit works as it should, many thanks”  – John .  We are glad this story turned out so well!

Not all stories do turn out so well.  Buying used electronics can save a lot of money, or sometimes not.  It’s not necessarily that the seller is trying to get one over on you (although they may), it’s just that sometimes the problems may be unknown.   Before purchasing used industrial electronics do your due diligence to the extent possible including:

  • Inspect the condition
  • Test the unit if possible
  • Confirm its authenticity
  • Make sure there is a warranty, or at least know the return policy before purchasing
  • If it seems too good to be true, it probably IS, so walk away and keep looking

If the good deal you bought turns out to be a possible dud and you end up needing an industrial electronic repairs center for your damaged controller or other industrial electronics, check first to see if your equipment is still under warranty and if so, contact the OEM about repairs. If it is out of warranty, 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 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 power supply repairs, circuit boards, drives, servo motors, CNC equipment, encoders, monitors and touchscreens, test equipment, light curtains, and much more.  Rush Service is available and Two Year Warranties cover most repairs.  The customer service team is available to answer your questions and help solve your industrial electronic repair problems. You can reach them by calling 800-605-6419 or going to www.acsindustrial.com.

 

Power Supply Repairs for TV Stations

Get Expert Power Supply RepairsHey, so what’s going on in all those television stations around the country?  For some reason we have been seeing a huge increase in damaged power supplies sent in for repairs from television stations.  Maybe things are getting a little rough out there in TV land?

As it turns out, these power supplies are pretty repairable and we’re pretty darn good at repairing them.  So never fear, you will be watching your favorite TV shows and sports games this weekend (The real NFL refs are back!! Yes!!) without interruption.

Need to get power supply repairs fast?  Click here or short cut to these popular TV station power supplies below:

Sony Power Supply Repairs

Cherokee Power Supply Repairs

Pioneer Magnetics Power Supply Repairs

ACS Industrial Services has got your back!  Let us get you back up and running!

Simplified On-line Repair Form Makes Getting Electronic Repairs Easy

Have you tried our new, simplified on-line repair form yet?  It’s been live for a few weeks and WOW is all we can say!  Wish we’d done it sooner.

The process is working great and our customer surveys are producing comments like this:

  • “Easy as pie. Nothing more needed.”
  • “I really do not see how you could have made it any more easier.”
  • “CANNOT IMPROVE ON PERFECTION .”
  • “This form was super-easy to understand and complete. My suggestion is “Don’t do anything to improve; it works perfectly as is.””

We boiled everything down to the basics to make it a whole lot faster and easier on you.  We’ve all gotten stuck in annoying on-line forms and it’s just really irritating.

If your equipment is down and needs repair we know you are ALREADY irritated. We wanted to reduce the irritation factor and keep the process simple and straightforward– that is, getting your electronics repaired and back to you as fast as possible for the best price possible.

Need repairs?  Give our new on-line repair form a try by clicking here.  Need more information about our industrial electronic repair services?  Click this link:  ACS Industrial Services.