What Light Bulbs Can Teach You About Your Indramat Equipment

What do light bulbs and Indramat equipment have in common? This isn’t the the start to a bad joke that only Indramat repair specialists will find funny. Like light bulbs, Indramat components can burn out too quickly if you’re not using the right one.

Your average incandescent light bulb provides you with roughly 1,200 hours of light. LED light bulbs can last anywhere between 25,000 to 50,000 hours. So why does it seem like you have to replace that same bathroom light bulb every couple of months?

There are a number of potential reasons for light bulbs that burn out too quickly, but one of the most common culprits is overlamping.

Overlamping occurs when you put a light bulb in a fixture with a wattage higher than the fixture is intended for. Plugging a 100-watt bulb into a fixture intended for 60-watts can cause excessive heat, it can damage the wiring, it can fry the light bulb, and it can even start a house fire.

Basically, you’re not using the right part for the job, and the result can be bad.

Similarly, using the wrong Indramat component can cause premature burnouts, lead to repetitive repairs, and damage other parts of the machinery.

Your Indramat motion control system doesn’t usually require much maintenance. Indramat systems can go for decades at a time without the need for repairs. If you can recall the last time your system broke down, and you’re faced with another burnout, you could be looking at an overlamping situation, so to speak.

This happens when an Indramat component doesn’t quite mesh with the rest of your system. Maybe you recently upgraded a part, but not all, of your motion control system. That new Indramat drive might fit with your system, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the right-size. A 100-watt light bulb fits in a 60-watt fixture, but it can still cause overlamping.

Of course replacing a burned out bulb is far cheaper than replacing components on your Indramat motion control system. Right-sizing is important for your Indramat system. Let us help make sure that your system is running the way that it should. Call us today for any of your Indramat motion control needs!