The largest animals to roam the earth are long gone. Servos, however, are still going strong. Since the 1800s, servo motors have been essential. They started out in ships and they’re still important in that field. Newport News has the world’s largest servo-based pipe bending machine to be made for their shipbuilding manufacturing.
Large servo repairs can be more of a struggle than caring for small servos, because their size often increases the complexity of their construction — not to mention the practical issues of transportation and installation.
When we take emergency replacement units to companies in a chartered plane, there’s a limit to what we can carry. The true behemoths among servo motors can’t just be changed out quickly.
Servos and dinos
Size isn’t the only thing servos and dinos have in common. Just as the modern alligator and crocodile are modern representatives of dinosaur kind that have been functioning just fine for eons, you’ll still find functioning servo motors from the 1970s — prehistory, when it comes to technology.
Indramat servos, which represented an amazing technological breakthrough in the 1960s and 1970s, are in many cases still going strong today, even though the Indramat company is extinct. Rexroth Bosch merged with Indramat and continues their legacy of exceptional motion control just as the alligator carries on the dinosaur’s legacy.
Finding engineers who can work on these ancient stalwarts may be difficult. Fortunately, we specialize in service for Rexroth and Indramat legacy units.
Oh — one more connection between servos and dinos: the animatronic dinosaurs of Jurassic Park and countless museum displays are run by servo motors.