How Aging Components Impact Your Servo Amplifier or Drive

Aging of electronic components like resistors, capacitors, and diodes can fault out your drive, bringing your process to a screeching halt.

Aging of electronic components like resistors, capacitors, and diodes can fault out your drive, bringing your process to a screeching halt.

Most Common Reasons for Failure

Industrial electronics such as servo drives, power supplies, amplifiers, HMI displays and any electronic equipment that has printed circuit boards (PCB’s or PWB’s), will potentially fail during their life-time of usage.  No matter how well it can be designed, there are numerous reasons a circuit or components on a PCB will fail.  Some of the most common reasons are over current, over voltage, contamination, corrosion, manufacturing defect, operating environment and aging.  In this article, we will look at aging, and how it affects the electronic boards and components on your unit.

Recent movie release, "Blade Runner 2049" - The sequel to "Blade Runner", an influence of this blog.

The Machine Runner: Blade Runner 2049 Trivia Contest

 

Recent movie release, "Blade Runner 2049" - The sequel to "Blade Runner", an influence of this blog.

Recent movie release, “Blade Runner 2049” – The sequel to “Blade Runner”, an influence of this blog.

We here at ‘The Machine Runner’ (A Repair Zone Blog), are big fans of the original Blade Runner movie (It may have influenced the naming of our blog, shhhhhh!).  In commemorating the release of the sequel, Blade Runner 2049, we are running a trivia contest where you could be the winner of a $50 or $25 Amazon gift card, IF you can answer these 8 questions correctly about the original movie, Blade Runner:

1.  The chess game between Tyrell and Sebastian uses the conclusion of the most brilliant chess match ever.  What are the names of the two chess players in this ‘immortal match?”

Start-up procedure for Fanuc Alpha servo amplifiers.

Start-Up Procedure for Fanuc Servo Amplifier (Alpha Series) – Overview

Here is a quick guide overview to start your Fanuc Alpha servo amplifier after it has been replaced, removed, or repaired in your machine.  This is an excerpt from the official Fanuc maintenance manual.  For all Alpha Series Control Motor Amplifiers (servo amplifier units  A06B-6089-H*** and  A06B-6090-H***).

(NOTE: When maintaining or inspecting the servo amplifiers, keep the power supply switched off. Also, make sure that the “CHARGING” LED (red) beside the circuit breaker on the front panel of the servo amplifier is off as well.)