Smoke, flames… sometimes it’s necessary to power down your Rexroth electric drives and controls. But it’s not just a question of turn it off and turn it on again.
Rexroth motion control systems have robust safety measures built in, and will generally shut down as quickly as is safe. Once the system is down, however, the human beings are in charge. You have to make the right decisions when you power back up.
Always wait at least 30 minutes after switching off power to allow live capacitors to discharge before accessing an electric component. Then check the voltage before you get started. Electricity is nothing to play around with, however lightly you talk about smoke and flames.
Install the appropriate guards and covers. This is another of those safety rules that people often ignore because they’re in a hurry. The machine is switched off, right? Why do you need covers and guards? At this point, you need to imagine someone walking down the hall, completely unaware of the issues, and noticing that a machine is unplugged. “Hunh,” this innocent individual says, and helpfully plugs in the machine.
Your situation is not that simple, but the mental image should help you remember to take the extra time to install those guards and covers.
When you’re quite sure you’ve followed these safety rules, you can check out the problem.
However, it’s important to remember that Rexroth electric motion control components are not designed to be repaired on the machine. The modular design allows you to pull the faulty component off the machine, send it for factory repair, and replace it with a working component. This minimizes downtime as well as danger. Poking around in the unit is rarely a good idea.
Instead, contact us for immediate assistance. We have the largest selection of emergency replacement parts in the country. We’ll send one to you — or fly it out to you if time is really of the essence — and arrange factory repair or reman for your faulty component.