Temporary Workaround for a Stopped Servo?

Oh, the brakes aren’t working on the roller coaster? Don’t worry, I’ve got a temporary workaround that will let you run the ride. No, it’s not a permanent solution, it’s just a temporary fix. What’s the worst that could happen?

Sometimes a temporary workaround is OK, and sometimes it’s a terrible idea. A temporary workaround for a stopped industrial servo motor is like a temporary workaround on an amusement park ride. That is, your quick fix can fly off the rails and cause big problems.

A temporary fix isn’t good enough

It’s easy to rationalize a quick fix workaround. You fully intend to fix the problem properly eventually, but you need to keep your system running right now, right?

You just want a temporary workaround for a stopped servo so you can meet production goals while you figure out how to permanently repair your servo motor.

There are a couple of problems with this idea, however.

  • When you have something that works – even if it only kind of works – you’re less inclined to fix the underlying issue. It’s like when you put a box fan on your servos to keep them cool instead of fixing the air-conditioned cabinet. That’s been your temporary workaround for the last 3 summers (which will end up coming back to bite you, by the way).
  • The other issue is that workaround can cause more harm than good. It can turn a simple repair into a costly nightmare. The quick fix on the roller coaster can cause extra damage, hurt people, and get the park shutdown. A seemingly clever workaround for a stopped servo can do the same thing in a factory.

Fix your servos permanently

Save yourself the pain and suffering, and repair your servos the right way. We have the largest stock of emergency replacement Indramat units in the country, and offer charter flights when you need immediate on-site support. Call 479-422-0390 today.