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What’s Your Operating System? 0

Posted on 5, November 2018

in Category Blog, Indramat Tips

Never mind Mac vs. PC. What does your equipment run? When you decide between Mac and Windows, there are a lot of issues to consider. You have to think about price, of course, but you also need to think about things like vulnerability to viruses, elegance of design, available software, intuitive graphic user interface, and the smoothness of the workflow. Not to mention how cool you look while playing Rocket League and updating Facebook. When you think about what your equipment uses for an operating system, you don’t need to consider how creative the UI makes your servos feel or [&hellip

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Ur Doin it Wrong 0

Posted on 1, October 2018

in Category Blog, Indramat Tips

Or are you? The problem is, it can be very hard to distinguish between problems with your Rexroth Indramat motion control system and problems with the way you have it configured. We hear about problems, for example, when systems are shut down only once every year or two. When it’s time to start back up, faults turn up and it takes time to clear them. There may or may not be something wrong with the machinery, but downtime is unacceptable, so the hardware gets replaced and there may be some cursing going on. Here are some of the things that [&hellip

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Should You Buy Indramat on eBay? 1

Posted on 16, May 2018

in Category Blog, Featured, Indramat Tips, Rexroth Service

You can buy Indramat drives, servos, and controls on eBay, no question about it. I checked just a minute ago and found more than four thousand choices for a simple search on “Indramat.” The question is not, “Can you buy Indramat on eBay?” The question is, “Should you buy Indramat on eBay?” At first glance it might seem like a good idea. There are plenty of items to choose from, and the prices are dramatically lower in some cases than what you would expect to pay for new or factory refurbished Indramat motion control. Who doesn’t like a bargain? Here [&hellip

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Indramat Controls, Troubleshooting, and Batteries 0

Posted on 9, March 2018

in Category Blog, Indramat Tips

Have you ever had one of those special cars? The door doesn’t open when it’s cold, and when it’s hot the trunk won’t stay up when you open it. You have to turn the key just the right way to make it start, and the window needs to be pulled up manually from the top when you roll it up, or else it starts going crooked and will never get a good seal at the top. It also stalls if you stop on a rainy day, so you just have to coast through stops in damp weather, and it needs [&hellip

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The Need for Speed 0

Posted on 16, February 2018

in Category Blog, Indramat Tips

Do you want to speed things up in your plant? Are you sure? Faster is usually possible, but will the equipment take the load? What will the next bottleneck be? We had a client who spent a ton of money to speed up the packing section of his plant to 2x the capacity. He could run his lines at 1600 widgets a minute. Pretty exciting. Unfortunately, the batching capacity of product at the front end of the plant turned out to be maxed out at 1.1x the previous rate. Our client would have had to build an entire new batch [&hellip

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Get to Know the Rexroth Indramat DKS 0

Posted on 15, November 2017

in Category Blog, Indramat Tips

Indramat DKS Servo Drives are integrated drives, combining power and control in one unit. The official name is “Intelligent Digital Servo Drive.” The drive is connected to the servo motor with a power cable and a feedback cable. Software modules and auxiliary plug-in cards ensure that, if your Indramat DKS drive has to be replaced, you can transfer the software and configurations quickly to the new drive without excessive loss of time or information. They come in a couple of flavors: DKS 1.1 and DKS 1.2. There is no obvious difference between the two, if you just look at the [&hellip

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Getting to Know Rexroth Indramat Error Messages 0

Posted on 3, November 2017

in Category Blog, Indramat Tips, Rexroth Service

Rexroth acquired a company called Indramat in the 20th century. This company became the electric drive and control division of Rexroth. There are still legacy Rexroth Indramat machines in service today. Since they rarely have problems, you might see that Indramat name for the first time when something breaks down and you have to open the cabinet. “Indramat,” it says. And an error code. So how do you read and understand the error code/ Indramat error codes consist of a number and some text. For example, you might see F228 excessive output error The diagnostic number (here, F228) typically shows [&hellip

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Why Do We Call It a Servomotor? 0

Posted on 27, October 2017

in Category Blog, Indramat History, Indramat Tips

You may call it a servo motor, servo-motor, servomotor, or just a servo. Indramat called their 20th century original an “AC Servo.” Why? While it has been suggested that the French cerveau (brain) might be the root for this term, it’s more likely to be the Latin servus, which gives us (and the French) words like “service” and “serve.” It appears that the term “servomotor” in English did come from the French servomoteur in the late 1800s, and it’s therefore conceivable that the French use of the word included a pun on cerveau, but it’s clear that the “servo” part is [&hellip

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Want to Double Your Throughput? 0

Posted on 23, October 2017

in Category Blog, Indramat Tips

Improving throughput is almost always a goal in plants in every industry, since increased throughput leads to lower costs and increased profits — and who doesn’t like that? Often, managers assume that a significant increase in throughput is only possible with a significant upgrade in machinery — or maybe in staff. Calculating the ROI gets tricky, and thoughts of improvement get put aside for later. It doesn’t have to be that way. We worked with a company that had an automatic packaging system producing fewer than 600 pieces per minute. Just by upgrading the controls, we brought them to 1400 [&hellip

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When To Upgrade 2

Posted on 9, August 2017

in Category Blog, Indramat Tips, Rexroth Service

After having been in this business for longer than I care to think about, I find that upgrading is probably the most misunderstood and poorly approached action that people take with their machinery. People who will spend months analyzing the purchase of new equipment will launch into the upgrade of an existing piece of equipment at the drop of a hat. There are outside drivers of this as well. Sales people, by their nature, want to sell things. Misdiagnosed problems with equipment can make it seem as if an upgrade is the easiest way to get a problem off your [&hellip

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