Prolong the Life of Your Servo Automation Equipment


Keeping your servo motors and industrial electronics clean is the most important strategy in keeping your machines up and running. The filters, fans and heatsinks are the areas that require the most cleaning. Filters, fans, and heatsinks are very common fail points in your automation equipment due to the areas becoming clogged with oil, mist, and dust.

The purpose of the heatsink is to draw heat away from the servo automation equipment and it can cause overheating if it becomes clogged. When automation equipment overheats, it causes stress on the components and eventually failure occurs. If you keep your machinery clean, your automation equipment components will have a longer life and less frequently require repair.

Ideally, you should have a backup spare on hand for each of your key servo components (e.g. servo motor, servo amplifier, power supply, PLC modules, linear scales and monitor/HMI). When your servo system components break down, you want to decrease downtime as much as possible. The longer your machinery is down, the more time and money you will lose. However, you may not have the budget to have a backup for each servo component, so if you are aware of what automation equipment components have the most frequent breakdowns, purchase a backup for those problem components.

Be sure to source a company and get a quote from any that carry components you may need. If your item is down this will decrease your downtime. See if Repair Zone has the item you need, or let us know what you may need in the future. Call us at (888) 706-5263. Another quick and cost effective way to obtain new or remanufactured servo equipment is through exchange. Purchase the servo system component you need, and send your broken component in to Repair Zone. Once your item is received you will receive money back (unless your item is in extremely poor condition). Check out the Repair Zone exchange process.

Do not over-utilize the capacity of your machine. If you are running over the rated output capacity of your servo system component, your component will overheat which can lead to your automation equipment needing a repair. When your automation equipment components overheat, it can cause stress on your components as well as your machine overall. If your automation equipment components overheat the IGBT’s blow, and if the IGBT’s extensively blow, the base driver boards, control boards, and etc. can be damaged as well.

Regularly complete preventative maintenance work on each servo component; this will give your components a longer life and decrease the frequency of repairs and purchases. Repair Zone prevents your servo equipment from future issues by replacing all components in the servo equipment that show signs of aging as well as common fail points (e.g. capacitors and fans) during each repair.

Find a company that can repair your automation equipment components before your components breakdown, and put the repair company on speed dial. When and if your servo components breakdown, you will have one less thing to worry about and this will greatly decrease your downtime.

Repair Zone | Phone: (989) 922-0043

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  1. Yeah. Keeping the machine clean maybe something simple, but many user doesn’t realize and seems doesn’t really care although it can give so much impact for the machine’s life. Regular preventive maintenance is crucial for any manufacturing operations.

    David –

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