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Allen Bradley 1391 AC Controller

Allen Bradley 1391 Drive Fault Code Break Down – What They Mean, Causes, How to Fix

The 1391 Series Allen Bradley drives are still in use on many machines throughout industries, especially automotive, aerospace, food production, wood products and conveyor-type systems.  A stout servo drive system, the 1391 comes in both analog and digital.  Here, we will look at the analog side, but it’s meanings are the same in digital.

Indramat power supply DIAX04

Recent Job Report #5 – Indramat HVR Power Supply Repair- DIAX04 Series

Today, we have an Indramat HVR02.2-W010N power supply in for repair. After a static check, we connect power to the unit to confirm the fault. It is then disassembled; and taken to our wash-down area for a full cleaning and bake, before we begin the repair. This unit came from a parts manufacturer in Detroit and experienced a voltage spike which burned up incoming line voltage.

Indramat HDS drive repair at Repair Zone

Top 5 Error Codes for Indramat Diax04 – HDS Drives: Descriptions and Solutions

Error codes are flashed when there is an issue with your Indramat HDS (Diaxo4) drive.  Error codes are usually 4 digit codes beginning with an E or F.  The following are the most common error codes seen on a faulty Indramat HDS drive, found on Eco-Drives as well:

Indramat HDS drive error codes and repair

Indramat HDS drive system will flash an error code when not working correctly.

#1  Code F208/UL

Description: If a servo motor or a different drive has been changed out for the original unit in the loop, due to troubleshooting or an upgrade.

Solution: This is fairly simple.  After powering up and code is registered, hitting reset on the drive and power supply, then cycle power and unit should be functional. 

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.)

Recent Job Report #4 -FANUC Alpha i Series AC Servo Motor Repair

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Here is a Fanuc Alpha i servo motor ready for assembly.

Repair Zone has been seeing an influx of newer generation Fanuc Alpha i Series servo motors and drives coming in for repair.  An Aerospace parts manufacturer in California sent us this Fanuc A06B-0265-B102 Alpha i servo motor for evaluation because it was increasingly noisey.  In our initial evaluation,

Quick Guide for Fanuc System Troubleshooting: Is it the Cable, the Amplifier, or the Servo Motor?

Checking a Fanuc system to find out why it is faulting.

Finding fault with a Fanuc servo system

When your CNC machine outfitted with Fanuc system stops working, the person running it or maintenance personal must quickly figure out the root-cause and then formulate a plan to get the machine running again.  Seems simple, but rarely is it simple or easy.

Being a Fanuc repair facility, a common happening is that we will get a Fanuc motor or amplifier in for service, then go through our process to evaluate and we find out: the unit runs fine.

Your Options For Failed Allen Bradley Equipment: Repair, New, or Surplus

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When your Allen Bradley equipment fails you have options.  You can choose to purchase the Allen Bradley equipment new from the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), have the equipment repaired, or buy surplus.

There are many advantages to having your Allen Bradley equipment repaired versus buying new from the OEM, or purchasing surplus inventory.

Purchasing from OEM:

  • Many Allen Bradley series have been deemed obsolete and the OEM may no longer support your series
  • High expense
  • May need to replace entire system which can be costly
  • Long lead times can lead to lengthy downtime for your machine

Drive Cabinet Air Condition fan contamination due to lack of filters. Cooling fan failures followed by drive failure due to overheat condition.

2 Reasons Why Your CNC Machine Will Break Down

By Jade York with Jonathan VanDenboom

The very nature of a CNC machine suggests an environment that can be harmful to itself and cause its own demise: Lots of lubricants and cutting fluids, oil, metal shavings, dirt and dust, etc. are everywhere.  Sound extreme?  Well, it is, and a recent visit to a manufacturing facility confirmed a long known fact: If not properly maintained, CNC and other machinery will fail sooner than later.

Six Predictions for Manufacturing in 2015

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Manufacturing is predicted to grow in 2015 thanks to an improved economy and the lower costs of reshoring; an increase in big data and predictive maintenance technologies are also expected. See 6 key manufacturing trends for 2015.

John Zegers

Even though manufacturing in America has undergone some woeful changes, there’s good news to share. The lower costs associated with reshoring are driving more local manufacturing activity; technological developments are drastically changing the way plants operate; and capital investments are on the rise. Six trends about manufacturing in 2015 follow.

Job Report #3- Fanuc Spindle Power Supply

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We received a Fanuc Spindle Power Supply Module for repair.  From the looks of it, this power supply seems un-repairable and should be thrown away due to the vast amount of contamination and debris.  It has been denigrated by its hostile environment; the cause can be as simple as a lack of maintenance and cleaning.  In some machines, however, cleaning is not possible.

The pictorial below follows Adam, a Fanuc repair specialist at Repair Zone, on his way through this sticky repair.  See if he can save this power supply, and the customer!

Case Study: Indramat Servo Motor Repair

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Successful Indramat servo motor repair

Repair Zone received an Indramat servo motor for repair, in which the customer did not provide details of any issues.  The first thing our technicians did was meg test the coils to make sure the motor wasn’t grounded.  Next, the brake torque was checked and  a failure occurred, it wouldn’t release.  This possibly needed replacement.

Jason then disassembled the entire unit, and checked the encoder to make sure it was viable and functioning correctly.  The encoder was checked on a testing stand and we found no issues going through its rotations.

Recent Job Report #2- ALLEN BRADLEY 1391 AC Servo Controller Repair

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Last week, we received in an Allen Bradley 1391B-AA45 AC servo controller for repair.  We have repaired hundreds of these units and have a high rate of success.  This customer, in the automotive industry, said they needed it back in a week, if that was possible.  We had it back to them in 3 days.  We cleaned and baked unit, replaced fan and several components at the board level and more.  If you need a repair of your servo drive or other automation equipment, please call 1(888) 706-5263 for immediate service.  To browse our inventory, go to www.repairzone.com  Enjoy!

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Very contaminated Allen Bradley servo controller.   Technician Adam H. removes logic board

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Job Report #1-Fanuc Servo Spindle Motor Modification

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A customer shipped us this Fanuc Spindle Motor for repair and modification, to fit their application.  Jason, the lead Servo Technician at Repair Zone, had to fully disassemble and machine a keyway into the shaft.  Also, he had to machine the end bells and put new bearings on this unit.  Below is the pictorial of the process that took place, which included our machining center lending a hand.  (Above: Heating speed sensor ring for removal during disassembly)