PLC ( Programmable Logic Controller) + Motor Controls

Machine Techs doesn’t just repair CNC machines. We have the ability to troubleshoot your PLCs (programmable logic controller) and a variety of issues in the automation industry overall.

PLCs are digital electronic devices that contain programmable memory that can store a series of instructions. As PLCs have increased in functionality and decreased in cost, they have become mainstream in the world of automated systems, and have become fundamental to monitor and control both individual machines and complex processes.

Like any other device, especially those built to function in harsh industrial environments, it’s inevitable that problems are going to arise. Troubleshooting is necessary when working with PLCs, however, they lend themselves well to a fairly efficient diagnosis. Whether you’re currently working as a PLC technician, or aspiring to be, below are five of the most common problems you’re likely to experience while working in this field.

There’s no question about it, your PLCs play a key role in all of your industrial machines. Issues with your PLCs can cause your machines to behave erratically; with large groups of systems experiencing failure. There’s a wide range of issues you can have with your PLC that would require troubleshooting to find the appropriate solution, such as;

  • Module Failure
  • Corrupted Memory
  • Electrical Noise Interference
  • Communication Issues
  • Power Loss

 

Alternatively, problems that you might interpret as a PLC issue could actually be a problem with the external systems.

Our technicians are experienced in both scenarios and can help to identify what your problem actually is.

Is your machine located in an area that has high temperatures or high humidity? These conditions can cause your motor controls to become damaged over time.

Machine Techs can assist you in countering these conditions and in turn improve the longevity of your controller.

Maybe your controller doesn’t have the proper voltage levels or isn’t properly grounded. Perhaps your PLC is experiencing electro-magnetic interference (EMI) or radio frequency interference (RFI). This can be fixed by properly shielding the controller from these elements.

Motor controls are present in a variety of fields. If you are in food processing or are in need of repair for automation of conveyor systems we can help!

We have the software and expertise needed to analyze and troubleshoot a range of different PLC and motor control systems.