In today’s ever-advancing world, electronic control equipment touches virtually all facets of industry. From compressors to cranes, just about every piece of equipment has some level of electronics controlling it. With that comes the potential for that system to fail.
What happens when they fail? Production time is lost, efficiencies are reduced, perishables perish, other less than optimal conditions occur. When any one of the interconnected electronic components that control equipment suffers a failure, it’s a problem.
Thankfully, there are many things that can be done to mitigate the damages and down-time associated with an unplanned failure. Today, we are going to focus on one small piece of the puzzle –repairing your industrial equipment to extend machine life.
Expect Machine Failure
When you analyze most facilities, you’ll find that certain pieces of machinery are critical to their efficient operation. A plan should be in place to deal with the failure of any machine, but you can never plan for every scenario. When a machine is new, you can purchase critical spares and keep them on hand. As machines age, replacement parts can become difficult (if not impossible) to source. In these cases, you need to know of other options. One is finding experts to repair your electronic assemblies regardless of their age or design limitations.
Often, if you suffer a failure on a specialized machine, the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) will tell you that the model you have is obsolete and no longer supported. Or, due to the age of the item, you will be told to buy an upgrade. They could even tell you your only option is to purchase an entirely new machine. While these MAY be options you want to consider, there are additional avenues to solving the problem.
You Can Repair Rather Than Replace Electronic Controls
Several reputable companies in the industrial marketplace offer repairs on various types of electronic controls – Kaman being one of them. We can provide you with fresh spares long after the OEM stops offering them. It is better to spend the money up front to extend your spares availability than wait until you have an unexpected outage to start looking. Plan ahead and get a plan together before you have a critical failure.
If you are nearing or have passed the warranty period of your machines, the industrial electronic repair community could be your best friend. They will be there to provide support on older machines and greatly extend their life cycle. Engagint this option can help you spend just a fraction of the cost of purchasing new machines.
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