Servos: The Elves of the Warehouse

Even if you don’t realize it, you’re probably familiar with the story of the “Elves and the Shoemaker”. It’s been told, referenced, and used as inspiration in pop culture for a couple of centuries now. Like many great folk and fairy stories, it comes from Grimm’s Fairy Tales, first published in 1812. Believe it or not, there are some similarities between the elves in this story and the industrial servo motors found in factories and warehouses. Servos work tirelessly behind the scenes to make modern manufacturing and distribution possible.

The magic behind the scenes

There’s a poor shoemaker and his wife who live in their cobbler shop. Before bed, the shoemaker cuts the last of his leather so that he can make one more pair of shoes the next day. They don’t know what they’ll do once they’ve sold that pair of shoes, but the shoemaker is determined to make that one last pair.

The shoemaker and his wife wake up to the most exquisite pair of shoes the two had ever seen. This process repeats itself and business booms.

Long story short – and spoiler alert for this 200 year old story – two little elves crafted the wonderful shoes. They worked tirelessly behind the scenes night after night to make the magic happen. They made the shoemaker’s business more profitable and made his work easier. Quality improved, production increased, and the shoemaker barely had to lift a finger on the production side of things.

Your servo motors don’t run on magic

Servos may seem like magic elves, but really they’re just some of the best industrial motion control components that the world has ever seen. Make sure that they keep running like they’re supposed to.

Let us help with preventive inspection and maintenance. We can troubleshoot Indramat error codes directly over the phone, and arrange Indramat factory repair or reman. We also have the nation’s largest supply of emergency replacement units. Call 479-422-0390 for immediate Indramat service.