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10 Things You Want to See in an Industrial Electronics Repair Facility

December 8, 2015

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An Experienced, Reputable Repair Company
Working with a company that’s been around for a while has many advantages. They will have seen it all and gained experience in various types of equipment and the problems that occur.  If a firm has been around long enough, they will have knowledge, spare parts and documentation for equipment that is obsolete and in some cases, long obsolete.  Having the endorsement of major manufacturers doesn’t hurt either.

Convenient Repair Submittal Process
Dealing with repairs is only part of your job, so why work with a repair facility that makes it hard to do business?  Online forms, a repair pick-up service and an efficient process from beginning to end makes it easier for you to maintain the equipment at your facility.

Timely Turnaround Options
Emergencies come up from time to time and it’s good to know where to send your parts when you need them repaired and returned fast.

Free Evaluation
You have a part that doesn’t work – you don’t know why, what it will take to repair it or what it will cost. Is it worth repairing at all?  Look for a company that can give real answers to these questions without it costing you more money.

Communication on the Progress of Your Repair
When you have equipment needing to be repaired and returned to production, the status of your repair shouldn’t be a mystery. Progress reports help you to plan on having your part out of production and when you can count on its return.

Full Refurbishment of Repaired Equipment
Sometimes repairing the faulty component isn’t enough – you can get a chain reaction of components failing if they are not checked and repaired all at the same time.  In addition to a complete repair, removing dust and dirt from the unit contributes to improved performance of your equipment. Make sure to work with a company that returns your equipment clean and fully functional.

Communication with the Technician Who Repaired Your Item
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could speak with the person who actually worked on your equipment? Technicians who are willing and able to discuss your repair and answer your questions should be on the checklist for your preferred repair facility.

Offers a Warranty on All Repairs
Work with a company who takes responsibility and is confident enough in the work performed that they are willing to guarantee it.

Extensive QC Process
High workmanship standards are paramount, which includes extensive testing of repaired equipment before shipment back to the owner.  Find out what kind of testing equipment they use, how they measure performance before they determine that a part is fully repaired.

Repair is Securely Packaged When Shipped Back to You
When you take time to ship in a repair and count on that part to work when you get it back, the last thing you want is to open the box and find that your equipment has had a rough ride through the return shipment.  A quality repair facility will make sure that your part is packaged to arrive at your door in the same working condition it was in when it left theirs.

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How to Start a Preventive Maintenance Program

June 15, 2015

How to Start a Preventive Maintenance ProgramStarting a Preventive Maintenance Program isn’t easy….or is it? While taking a proactive approach to your maintenance makes sense on paper, putting the practice to work takes some planning and implementation. That’s why many industrial plants outsource their Preventive Maintenance Programs.

But a do-it-yourself PMP can work, too. With budgets tight and repair teams stretched thin, it can take some patience before a PMP bears any fruit. But patience is a virtue that often is rewarded.

Most factory maintenance teams spend time stamping out repairs and drowning in an endless sea of repair and parts availability problems. Getting ahead of the problems seems impossible — but it’s not.

Any size team can implement a Preventive Maintenance Program of some type. Research indicates that up to 70 percent of all equipment failures are traced back to a lack of regular maintenance. Considering this, the benefits of employing a PMP are paramount if you want to achieve optimum performance from your equipment with minimal cost.

It’s easiest to start with one system and form the foundation of your PMP from there. Choosing the most vital system to your operation, commonly the HVAC, makes the most sense and will provide automatic relief to your maintenance team by removing the heaviest stress load.

To facilitate the transition to a Preventive Maintenance Program, try assigning a small task force to handle any immediate repairs while the remaining group continues to build the momentum of the PMP. As you begin to focus on proactive maintenance instead of reactive maintenance, the workload will gradually begin to lighten and you’ll be able to allocate more personnel to preventive maintenance.

As systems are consistently maintained instead of repaired until they fail again, repair personnel will have fewer surprises to deal with and will focus their efforts on continuing the PMP push. The systems will also operate more efficiently, increasing performance, lifespan and lowering energy costs by up to 50 percent. This where using an outsourced field service company can really pay off.

Conquering the facility’s largest systems first will bring the greatest benefit. Research supports the 80/20 maintenance rule: 80 percent of a facility’s problems are caused by 20 percent of the machines.

Once the emergency workload is reduced drastically, maintenance can become a scheduled event instead of a surprise. It’s less likely you’ll be backed into a corner with a must-have expensive repair. You’ll have time to negotiate a fairer price with outsourced repair contractors backed by the confidence of your stable facility.

The endgame is eventually to have 90 percent of your work orders generated by scheduled equipment inspections. Overall, preventive maintenance should eventually encompass about 30 percent of your total maintenance workload.

Having an easy, scheduled facility to maintain should help you attract and retain quality repairmen who will be more than eager to operate on a schedule instead of in a race. Once all the planning and implementation is done, your repairmen will be thankful, you’ll be thankful and your plant’s maintenance spending should be spread out more orderly instead of spikes and valleys.  — Robert Dominguez

5 Reasons You Need An Industrial Preventive Maintenance Plan

August 26, 2014

 

Hi, I’m Lonnie Muse with Innovative IDM in a perfect world things work all the time, they never break, you never have problems.

Unfortunately, you and I are not in a perfect world. Whether it be our car, washing machine or home air conditioning, our kids bike or a plant; things are going to break. What we want to do is catch it before it breaks.

Like our car for instance; you change the oil on a regular basis, you change the tires on a regular basis. That’s so you don’t have the issue of a flat tire when you least expect it.

Murphy will strike every single time. The same effects happen in a plant. You have machines that run 24/7 sometimes and if we don’t have maintenance on those machines they will break.

One of the reasons to have a maintenance program is its cost-effective. That’s also the thing that keeps it from happening. Cost seems to be an issue.

In my experience cost has never been an issue when the machines broke. But it’s always an issue when the machine is running.

So, we have to take those factors into consideration. Studies show its more cost effective to do preventive or predictive or maintenance on a machine to improve its long-term reliability.

Improve its long-term reliability, you catch problems before they actually happen. The way to do that and catching the problem is do visual checks. To do air tests to make sure the flow of air coming in and out of panels is correct and the heat is being dissipated.

Because that’s one of the killers for a lot of machines. We’re doing temperature checks again to check the heat. Check voltages on things that change over time.

By doing this you reduce the risk of the machine going down. If you reduce the risk, you reduce the cost.

Because its costly to have a downed machine especially when the production is a hot job for a customer that needs to go out right now and the machine is now down and its going to take time to fix it.

Also, having a maintenance program is flexible allows you to determine when that machine can be offline and for how long. Because murphy strikes and it breaks, you don’t have to choice.

Also this maintenance can help you understand what the spares needed are. Spares management, replace things before they break when they need it and they’re aging or slowing down or not working well is a lot better than when they fail.

We’d like to help with that and your maintenance plan. We’d be happy to come and look at your machines; help you develop one, help you work at one.

Another cost effective thing that you can do is outsource the people that are coming into do the program. We could be those people for you.

For more information just go to InnovativeIDM.com look under field
service, you can also give me a call at our office or one of the field service managers will be happy to talk with you.

After all, we’re the home of the legendary customer experience.

Setting Up And Auto Tuning A Yaskawa Drive

August 12, 2014

 

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Hi! My name is Jack Marsh with Innovative IDM. Today I would like to talk about how to set up and auto tune a Yaskawa variable frequency drive. Users are often ask me when I am talking to them and visiting them about how do I configure and get this thing running. The manual, as you can see, can be quite large and intimidating, but it’s really a very simple device, that has very complicated uses if you want to make it that way.

The easiest way to start is to get one of these cheat sheets that Yaskawa provides. There is one for the Microdrive family, the V1000, there’s a couple more for the A1000 family because it’s a little higher featured. So there’s more operating modes. But using the cheat sheets, it walks you through how to wire the motor, the three or four simple parameters it wants you to use, and then the actual operation of setting up and auto tuning.

If you want a little more detail, you can always get the quick start guide where there are very simple flow charts you can use. It walks you through, step by step what you need to do to get the drive up and running- very simple. And if you needed to know everything possible about every perimeter there are the big, detailed complicated manuals that will tell you everything you need to know.

If you want to get copies of the cheat sheets, or the manuals, please contact us at Innovative Idm, where anyone you talk to will be able to get you the information, or get you to someone who can. If you want PDF copies, please go to our website at Innovativeidm.com and download whatever you need. And remember, Innovative IDM is the home of the legendary customer experience.

How AC Drives Can Save Money & Improve Your Power Factor

August 5, 2014

 

Hi, my name is Andy with Innovative-IDM. A lot of the time, when I’m out visiting customers, they have a variety of issues. One of the primary ones they have is: money. This money is basically due to, high energy cost from their utility company. And the main reason, this problem is occurring, is because their power factor is low.

Now, whenever we talk about power factor, really, what is it? Technically it is the ratio of the real power flowing to the load, to the apparent power in the circuit. Now, basically, all this is meaning is that, are you efficiently using the power coming in to your plant? Now, a lot of plants, back twenty, thirty, forty years ago were only using DC drives, DC motors, etc.

Now, these machines or these motors, these drives are inherently low on the power factor rating. Generally somewhere between 0 – 0.85 on the power factor rating. Now, An AC drive, for example, is usually between 0.85 and all the way up to 0.96 on the rating. What does this mean? AC drives are more efficient, they are extremely efficient in energy utilization compared to a DC motor or a DC drive.

Now, whenever you have, for example, a motor that’s running across the line with no drive at all, that power factor is directly related to the type of motor that it is, it’s duty cycle, etc. In general terms, putting a drive in front of a motor is always a good decision, because it will, more efficiently control the current traveling through that motor, end case is, savings.

Now, Yaskawa; for example, one of our manufactures of drives, actually provides a free download from our knowledge center at innovative-idm.com. Just click on knowledge center and you’ll find it. This energy savings predictor will allow you to input your motor, nameplate information, your drive name plate information and then, it’ll give you a graphical representation of, on average, what your power factor is, and how much you are capable to save. My suggestion to you is, to speak with your energy provider, as well as your local retrofit provider; Innovative-IDM and talk about how you can increase your power factor, thereby, saving more money.

For more information, go to http://www.innovativeidm.com and remember; Innovative-IDM is the home of the legendary customer experience.

Yet Another Happy (Repair) Customer

June 12, 2014

This written plaudit comes from a Houston customer, who needed their touch screen repaired by Innovative-IDM’s electronic board repair facility. We offer a full guarantee on all repairs and do not charge any evaluation fees.

From: Shelby
Sent: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 4:38 PM
To: Jennifer Minier
Subject: it is up

We got the new screen and installed it and the grinder is up and running. Thanks for your good a quick response both times.

I guess that it takes quality to see quality. Thanks again most surely appreciate your and your company’s willingness to help and be flexible.

Parker AC10 Micro Drive

June 9, 2014

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AC10 Micro Drive is a simple, reliable and economical solution to every-day motor control applications requiring speed or torque control within the power range of 0.2kW to 15kW. Having compact dimensions and features normally only associated with higher specification drives, including, sensorless vector mode, output frequency up to 650 Hz, 3 phase 400VAC supplies in all 5 frame sizes and a full 150 % overload at 0.5 Hz for 1 minute, AC10 provides an optimised solution for OEM machine builders looking for a compact, cost-effective drive without compromising on performance.

For more info or to order your Parker AC10 Micro Drive contact Innovative-IDM at 877-906-2100 or email us at info@iidm.com.