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When looking for an Electric Motor Repair partner there are many different factors to consider, such as:

  • Facilities
  • 24/7 Service and Capabilities.

One of the factors that many are not aware of is the quality of the motor testing facilities of the repair centre. For example how does the repairer perform the test sequences to fully test the motor windings? If the repairer hasn’t invested in quality test equipment there is a good chance that they can’t 100% guarantee the quality of the motor windings. Electric Motors are complex pieces of equipment and they require the right type of infrastructure to carry out a repair correctly and to a high standard. Multi meters and insulation testers just won’t cut it.

You may be wondering how a full Electric Motor test should be carried out and what equipment should be used? At Neutronic we utilise the latest testing system from Electrom Instruments.

Check out the demo of our ITIG III Winding Analyzer


In particular the model we opted for is the ITIG III Winding Analyzer, widely regarded as the most advanced motor test system available. The ITIG III features over 20 different high and low voltage tests including frequency surge and partial discharge. This unique test system allows the user to set up tests and run through them automatically eradicating any potential for human error. When coupled together with the DC commutator option, as can be seen at Neutronic the iTIG III can be also used to test DC Motors to the same high specifications.

Test equipment such as the Electrom Instruments iTIG III Winding Analyzer don’t come cheap, but it’s the type of investment that will ensure that your electric motor is repaired to the highest possible standard.

If you would like to learn more about how Neutronic provide world class Electric Motor repairs get in touch.


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    Engineering Tomorrow: Electro-Mechanical Apprentice Alex

    As Neutronic continues to grow as a business, we have implemented a strong focus on training and educating aspiring Engineers to become qualified in their desired field. Supported by local colleges, we have developed an extensive apprenticeship programme.

    As we celebrate National Apprenticeship week, we wanted to check in with our Apprentices and let them tell their story so far, of their journey at Neutronic Technologies.

    Alex joined the Neutronic Technologies team in September 2023, since then Alex has developed an outstanding understanding of the industry, and how Neutronic operates as a business. We recently sat down with Alex to ask him about his highlights during his Apprenticeship.

    “I enjoy learning new skills each day during my Apprenticeship, and the freedom to be an engineer and problem solve a repair.”

    “They will not find a better job at young age to start their career path.”

    “Over the next 5 years, I aim to become trained on all equipment and departments within the Electro-Mechanical workshop and become a multi-skilled Engineer. I would like to become first aid trained to support my team members, and in the future gain my forklift truck license.”

    “Being trusted to use the balancing machine after training from department members, another highlight is passing my first-month assessment. Everyday is a highlight because I enjoy coming to work.”

    “I applied for Neutronic Technologies after attending an open day, which showed me what types of repairs they complete and the facilities. This made me want to work here as it showed opportunities for me to grow my career.”

    It has been great to see how our Apprentices are shaping their future careers at Neutronic Technologies. As they go on to complete more projects and develop new skills, we look forward to tracking their journeys.

    If you are interested in an Electro-Mechanical or Electronics Apprenticeship, send your CV to recruitment@neutronictechnologies.com, or visit our careers page. We are always looking for aspiring and ambitious Engineers to join our team, if you think this is you, let us know!

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    Engineering Tomorrow: Electro-Mechanical Apprentice Ronnie

    Our 3 Electro-Mechanical Apprentices have each been supported and mentored by our experienced Engineers. Training them to use tools and machinery within the workshop. As we celebrate National Apprenticeship week, we wanted to check in with our Apprentices and let them tell their story so far, of their journey at Neutronic Technologies.

    Ronnie joined the Neutronic team in September 2023. Since starting at Neutronic, Ronnie has been able to apply his transferable skills from his Motor Vehicle qualification, and implement his knowledge to the industrial repair industry. We recently sat down with Ronnie to ask him about his highlights during his Apprenticeship.

    “Last week, I worked on fixing a David Brown gearbox with Ernie. We Disassembled the gearbox, taking off the bearings and pinion, and fitting the bearings back onto the shaft.” An exciting opportunity for Ronnie to learn the parts and identify faults, whilst being supported by Ernie, a senior Engineer. This repair is in progress, however Ronnie is looking forward to seeing the final repair completed.

    “After researching the company, I felt it was a modern engineering company who wanted to support young aspiring engineering. I had transferable skills from Motor Vehicle qualifications, which I put into practice at Neutronic.”

    “Gain confidence in my abilities and skills in the Electro-Mechanical workshop. Gain experience in going onto sites for Engineering visits, and supporting our customers onsite.”

    “Go for it! Make sure you listen to every thing which is being told you, make notes and ask questions! Make sure people are bored of you asking questions, as this is how you learn and understand procedures.” Our team are always happen to answer questions, there is no such thing as a bad question in our workshops at Neutronic!

    “Once you have gained an understanding try and give things a go, whilst being safe. And don’t always rely on people.”

    It has been great to see how our Apprentices are shaping their future careers at Neutronic Technologies. As they go on to complete more projects and develop new skills, we look forward to tracking their journeys.

    If you are interested in an Electro-Mechanical or Electronics Apprenticeship, send your CV to recruitment@neutronictechnologies.com, or visit our careers page. We are always looking for aspiring and ambitious Engineers to join our team, if you think this is you, let us know!

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    Engineering Tomorrow: Electro-Mechanical Apprentice Tristan

    At Neutronic we have implemented a focus on supporting and educating aspiring Engineers into the industrial repair field. Working with local colleges to educate and train students to become qualified Engineers. As we celebrate National Apprenticeship week, we wanted to check in with our Apprentices and let them tell their story so far, of their journey at Neutronic Technologies.

    Tristan joined the Neutronic in August 2023 as an Electro-Mechanical Apprentice. We recently sat down with Tristan to ask him how he is enjoying his Apprenticeship and how the opportunity has shaped his future.

    “I have enjoyed learning and developing new skills and the essential regulations whilst being an apprentice. At Neutronic I have been supported by my team and they have explained to me how to resolve common problems and faults on machinery assets.”

    “I decided university wasn’t the right path for me, and an apprenticeship would allow me to learn the practical side, whilst learning the theoretical side at college. The repairs which Neutronic receive interested me, and they support industries which I had thought about working in.”

    “Each day varies in my role, from supporting my team members on machinery repairs, to surge testing stators to see if they pass or fail, plus balancing rotors. Each week I attend college for 1 day per week to gain theoretical and practical experience.”

    “The apprenticeship at Neutronic has allowed me to see all the types of careers available in an Electro-Mechanical workshop. This has allowed me to gain an insight into what jobs are available for me in my career, and gain experience in each of these. I have learnt to work within a team and communicate with my fellow employees.”

    It has been great to see how our Apprentices are shaping their future careers at Neutronic Technologies. As they go on to complete more projects and develop new skills, we look forward to tracking their journeys.

    If you are interested in an Electro-Mechanical or Electronics Apprenticeship, send your CV to recruitment@neutronictechnologies.com, or visit our careers page. We are always looking for aspiring and ambitious Engineers to join our team, if you think this is you, let us know!

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    8 Common Faults of a Variable Speed Drive

    A Variable Speed Drive is used in a variety of industries to control the speed and torque of an electric motor. This is achieved by the drive varying the motor input frequency and voltage.  

    The variable speed drive (VSD) operates alongside the electric power supply. Power is supplied as a fix speed, however if the motor requires to operate at different speed, this is where a variable speed drive is used. As a result of high volumes of current passing through the variable speed drive, there are various faults which can impact the performance. 

    Faults within a Variable Speed Drive  


    Ventilation within the VSD is crucial, if not this can lead to overheating. Heat is generated during operation, therefore cooling through ventilation is required. Overheating can lead to increased wear and tear, reduced efficiency and can result in a complete failure of the drive.  

    To prevent your VSD from overheating, ventilation is key to reduce heat build up. When installing your VSD, take into consideration the environment and location which it is situated to minimise the risk of overheating.


    It is important for the VSD to be configured with the load which it is operating to minimise the drive becoming overloaded. If the load is changed, the configuration must be re-assed to be correct. If not, this can lead to overheating, reduced machinery lifespan or even failure.  

    Engineer holding a circuit board

    To prevent the VSD from overloading, follow the manufacturers guidelines and specifications to make sure you have the correct VSD, for the motor size which it is controlling.

    Electrical Faults: 

    Electrical faults can have an impact on the components within the variable speed drive, or interfere with the operation. Issues which can occur are voltage spikes, power surges or electrical noises. It is important to prevent these faults by electrical protection measures. Regular maintenance checks will minimise unexpected breakdowns from happening.

    Software Errors:  

    Drives use complex software to operate efficiently. Incorrect parameters and programming errors can lead to operation faults, resulting in the drive operating inefficiently. To prevent software errors, make sure you are following the manufacturing guidelines for your VSD, this will help reduce errors during the operation of the VSD during installation.

    Voltage Fluctuations: 

    Voltage fluctuations impact the stability and performance of a Variable Speed Drive. If the fluctuations happen regularly, this can cause erratic behaviour or damage to the drives components. To prevent voltage fluctuations, use a voltage regulation device, this will stabilize the incoming power supply.

    Input/Output problems:  

    During the operation of a variable speed drive, if there are issues with the power input this can have an impact on the variable speed drive operation. Issues such as loose connections or sensor problems, are examples of problems within the variable speed drive. 

    Wiring Issues: 

    Malfunctions may occur if there is poor grounding or incorrect wiring connections within the Variable Speed Drive. This can lead to electrical hazards and can create a safety hazard within the workplace. 

    Component Aging: 

    Overtime, components will degrade and need either repairing or replacing. As a result of wear and tear, efficiency will reduce and eventually a failure will occur. To reduce this from happening, regular maintenance of your VSD will allow these faults to be identified early.  

    Preventative Maintenance: 

    Similar to most machinery assets, regular inspections is key to identifying faults early. It is important to look out for worn components, loose connections and any visible damage. If there is a build-up of dust or dirt, this should be cleaned regularly to reduce the risk of overheating. Following the recommended maintenance schedule from the manufacturer is important, this will provide you with a suggested maintenance plan for the machinery asset, maximising machinery efficiency and life span.  

    Regular maintenance is important to reduce these faults occurring. Neutronic have highly experienced Electronic Engineers, who regularly complete repairs on Variable Speed Drives. Contact us today to book in your repair, enquiries@neutronictechnoloiges.com

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    7 Common Faults of a Power Supply Unit

    Power Supply Unit

    Power supply units are found in electrical devices, to control and regulate the electrical energy supplied to the components of a device. The key focuses of a PSU (Power Supply Unit), are voltage and current regulation, protection of mechanisms, and conversion of electrical power from different forms. 

    As essential components in any electronic device, when unexpected breakdowns occur they can have a critical impact, and consequences can be costly repairs. 

    7 Common Faults of a Power Supply 

    We will take a look at the common faults within power supplies, and how they can be prevented. 


    The most common fault within a power supply is over heating. This can be caused due to a build up of dust, poor ventilation or malfunctions from the fan. As a result of overheating, the lifespan of the machinery will be reduced and the efficiency of the PS will be limited. 

    To prevent overheating, it is important to regularly clean the fans and vents to improve airflow and ventilation within the power supply. Investing in a power supply with higher efficiency, can generate less heat during operation and lower the risks of overheating. 

    Excessive Noise 

    Buzzing or whining sounds from a PS can indicate a fault. Excessively loud or unusual noises should be investigated by an Engineer, as this can be a sign of loose components or a malfunctioning fan. 

    To prevent excessive noise, regularly check all internal components are securely fastened, and the condition of the fan. 

    Inadequate Power Output 

    It is important for the power output to meet the demanding power from the component it is driving. If the power supply is too low, this can lead to crashes and failures to boot up. If you are replacing new components into an existing system, this can be a common mistake. 

    To prevent this problem, understand the requirements of your system and the power it requires. 

    No Output Power 

    If the PS fails to provide any output power, it is often a sign of a severe fault. This can be an indication of multiple issues, from a blown fuse or internal component failures. 

    This is difficult to prevent, if this does occur you should consult an Engineer to take a look at the power supply and fault find the issue. 

    Power Surges

    If sudden power surges occur, this can cause internal damage to the PSU. This is often due to external impacts, such as the weather or power grid issues which can impact the power current to the unit.

    Fan Failure

    The fans within the power supply keep the internal components cool. A result of a failing fan, is the PS overheating, this can have further impacts on the internal components and damage to the unit. It is important to maintain the fans within the power supply to reduce failure from happening.

    Short Circuits

    As a result of incorrect wiring, damaged components, or external factors can lead to short circuits in a power supply unit. This can result in the unit shutting down or potentially causing damage to other components.

    How can Neutronic Support you?

    Power supplies are a common asset which we are repaired in our workshop, we regularly see faults with internal components, failure of capacitors or the unit. As a result of our Engineers experience, they have a good indication of faults when inspecting the asset. This reduces the turnaround time of your repair, the quicker the fault is identified the quicker the repair can be completed! 

    If your power supply is beyond economic repair, we will source a replacement for you! Our team will source a replacement with fast lead times and to the same specification to efficiently provide you with a solution! 

    To book your power supply in for repair today, contact Neutronic by emailing Enquiries@neutronictechnologies.com, and we will be happy to support you!

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    Decoding Motors: Differences Between Servo and DC Motors 

    Servo Motors and DC motors are highly used machinery assets for different applications within the manufacturing industry. The distinctive difference between the two types of motors is control, precision, and application. 

    Servo Motors are commonly used in CNC machines, robotics, and industrial automation. Strong precision makes a servo the go to motor for automation. Torque control is a key benefit, providing control at high and low speed, for machining applications cutting through tough materials or applying significant force during the operation. 

    DC Motors are commonly used in Electric Vehicles, HVAC systems and Conveyor systems. The build of the motor is simple, which contributes to the reliability of the motor, ease of maintenance and durability. Providing high-efficiency levels, a DC motor converts electrical energy into mechanical energy with minimal loss. This is a benefit for businesses to reduce operating costs, also helping to become sustainable and reducing environmental impact as a business by a reduction in energy usage. This is crucial to maintain ISO 14001 standards, Environmental Management System regulations.   

    Key differences between a Servo Motor and a DC Motor 

    Servo and DC motors have different characteristics, as they are each suitable for different applications within the industry. The key differences are:   

    Control Mechanism:  

    Servo motors are designed for precision and positioning when running. Built with a feedback system, such as an encoder, to provide information on speed, direction and position when machining. This type of motor is controlled using a closed-loop control system.  

    DC Motors are controlled by a signal that determines speed and direction, but not position, using an open-loop control system. 

    Torque Output (Torque is the force within a motor): 

    Servo’s higher torque capability allows them to control heavier loads to high precision.  

    DC motors have varying torque depending on the specific type of motors, brushed or brushless. This type of motor cannot guarantee the same torque output as a Servo.  

    Speed Control:  

    Servos have the capability to consistently maintain a set speed as a result of the closed-loop system, and can quickly change their speed to the requirement.  

    A DC motor can control the speed, however the accuracy can be affected if changes to the speed are continually altered. A DC motor will run better when set at one speed.  

    Choosing your Motor 

    It is crucial to investigate the specifications of the application in order to determine the appropriate motor for machining purposes. This will enhance the accuracy and effectiveness of your equipment. Neutronic suggests researching the following before investing in a Servo or DC Motor: 

    Precision Requirements – If you require machining at high precision, a servo motor will meet this demand and offer accurate speed and precision when machining. A DC motor is suitable when precision control is not as critical, and simplicity and cost are key focuses.  

    Compatibility Requirements Consider the implementation of the equipment into existing systems, such as communication, compatibility with controllers and programming tools.  

    Cost Consideration – DC motors are considered to be more cost-effective than Servo’s, due to their build simplicity. However, consider the application requirements to make sure the investment meets the performance requirements to produce a successful ROI on the asset investment.  

    Investing in a Motor? 

    Our account managers at Neutronic can offer outstanding advice, if you are unsure about which motor is best suited to your manufacturing needs. Neutronic can source motors from a range of major manufacturers such as SEW-Eurodrive, WEG and ABB with reduced lead times and outstanding prices.  

    Contact our team on 0845 180 0483 to discuss this further, or take a look at our supply page! 

    Industry Application  

    As discussed throughout the blog, different industries will require different motors to meet the manufacturing requirements. An example of an industry application is a Servo Motor being used within a CNC machine.  

    A CNC machine requires high precision, this is crucial within CNC machining as they machine complex part with a high-quality surface finish. Servos offer control of speed and acceleration making it easy to adjust the speed of machining throughout the programme.  

    The closed-loop control used within the Servo is what contributes to the accurate positioning when machining, which is why improved performance is offered, in comparison to a DC motor for this specific industry application.  

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    Navigating the Challenges of Obsolete Equipment 

    Mitsubishi E1012 Operator Panel
    Mitsubishi E1012 Operator Panel

    Obsolete repairs are machinery assets that are no longer produced by manufacturers. When this occurs, this means that acquiring replacement parts is challenging. Neutronic strives in repairing obsolete parts, we aim to find a solution to all manufacturing faults. 

    Challenges of Obsolete Repairs: 

    Repairing obsolete parts can be challenging and costly for businesses, due to the time and knowledge required to complete the repairs. 4 reasons why manufacturing companies find obsolescence a challenge:

    1)    Shortage of replacement parts: sourcing the replacement components may be a challenge or impossible, this can limit the success of getting the part back up and running. 

    2)    Technical Expertise: The knowledge of the engineers is important to think of alternative solutions, or to be familiar with the issue which has occurred. 

    3)    Compatibility Issues: Testing equipment limits the accessibility to fix the damaged components and fully run test the obsolete repair. 

    4)    Cost: Completing the repair may cost more, due to the cost of the components required to complete the repair. Suppliers will increase prices of parts as they know they are desirable for certain obsolete repairs. 

    Longevity of Obsolete Equipment 

    Familiarity within a workshop is important, once your employees are trained on software, it is efficient to keep this implemented for simplicity within the workplace. This helps to minimise the need to retrain your staff on new equipment. 

    Repairing the faulty part is often a quicker solution to ordering a replacement. Lead times can fluctuate throughout the year and could be a limitation to replacing the faulty part, consideration of repairs is a suggested solution. 

    The lifespan of machinery can be extended when repaired correctly. Identifying faults early can be resolved and can improve the efficiency of the machinery parts for future use. 

    Why does Obsolescence occur? 

    The main reasons as to why parts become obsolete is because of technological developments and compatibility issues within the industry, and the requirements to meet new needs. This is common within the industry as machinery is built for longevity, which can become challenging as parts will become obsolete before the end of the machinery lifespan. 

    Obsolescence also may also occur due to Government regulations which must be followed, for example environmental or energy regulations. Manufacturers may also stop production of a part due to new models which provide better capabilities to their customers.  

    How can you reduce unexpected breakdowns? 

    Regular maintenance is a key management system to minimise the unexpected downtime of machinery assets. Maintaining bearings, oil levels and components to OEM specifications helps to prolong the lifespan of assets, which is important when parts become obsolete.  

    Implementing a condition monitoring system onto your assets will help identify the first signs of faults. The system identifies anomalies and sends alerts to show when they need to be resolved, to improve the efficiency of the asset.  

    How can Neutronic support you with Obsolete Repairs? 

    Neutronic have extensive in-house testing equipment and experienced Engineers who can support customers with obsolete repairs. Familiarity is key to providing a quick solution to the problem. Once our engineers have identified the issue, we will consider the cost of replacement and repairing, to see which is the best option. If the part is beyond economical repair, Neutronic can support you with supplying a replacement. 

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    Reasons for Servo Motor Failure

    There are numerous reasons why Servo Motor failures happen. It’s crucial to understand the preventative maintenance measures you can implement to minimise the likelihood of unforeseen motor failures. A Servo Motor can be affected by Electrical, Mechanical, or Environmental factors, which can hinder its operation. 

    Run Testing a Servo Motor

    Most manufacturers estimate a machining lifespan of 20,000 to 30,000 working hours for servo motors, although this can fluctuate based on the application and maintenance performed on the servo. 

    This blog will explore 5 potential causes of Servo motor failures and suggest methods to optimize the efficiency of the Servo Motor. 

    Continual operation of a servo motor at high temperatures, or without adequate cooling intervals can lead to overheating. Persistent overheating can eventually lead to motor failure, as it damages the internal insulation and diminishes the motor’s efficiency. 

    To avoid overheating in the Servo, it is advisable to improve the regulation of heat distribution within the servo. Regular upkeep of the servo can help detect worn-out parts; replacing these parts can minimize the heat generated during rotation. Allowing extended cooling periods will assist the motor in resetting its temperature before it starts operating again. 

    Degraded Bearings 

    Continuous spinning inside the Servo can degrade specific parts, with bearings being a prime example. When a bearing deteriorates, it can cause the motor to become loud or even stall. Bearings play a crucial role in a servo, as their degradation can affect the accuracy during machining. 

    Increased friction is produced when bearings are worn out. This friction can elevate the temperature while the motor is in operation, and potentially lead to the motor overheating, which is an adverse effect. 

    Environmental Consequences 

    The environment in which the Servo motor operates can influence its effectiveness, especially if it’s not an appropriate setting. Environments that are corrosive, hot, or humid can heighten the risk of motor breakdowns and diminish the dependability of the Servo Motor. This factor should be considered when choosing the motor for a specific task, ensuring it can endure the environmental conditions. 

    Intrusion of dust or liquids can negatively affect the motor and its internal parts. Monitoring the dust accumulation within the servo is crucial, as excessive dust can pose a fire hazard within the motor. 

    Servo Motor Maintenance Obligations 

    Maintaining machinery is crucial for detecting and fixing issues before they inflict internal damage to other parts. Regular inspections of lubrication levels, cleanliness, and motor balance are essential aspects to be examined when the motor is frequently in operation. 

    Servo Motor Vibration Issues 

    Vibration in the motor can lead to misalignment, as the motor’s movement can displace internal components. If your servo is vibrating, this is an indication that it needs to be inspected and rebalanced to reduce the vibration. At our Neutronic workshop, we utilize our CEMB 2000 or ZB20/TCN/GV balancing machines, essential tools for motor repairs. Every motor that exits our workshop is rebalanced to G1.0, enhancing its efficiency and lifespan. 

    Our servo motor specialists at Neutronic possess the skills to detect, correct, and test the servo motor to ensure it operates at OEM specifications. Email Neutronic today to schedule your Servo Motor repair today! 

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    Enhancing Industrial Operations with a HMI

    A HMI panel (Human-Machine Interface), is an interface or dashboard that controls a machine. They are a user-friendly way for humans to control systems within the manufacturing environment. A typical HMI consists of a display screen, input devices, audio alerts and feedback devices. Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) are simple to use. By utilizing familiar software and processes, engineers can tailor these for optimal performance. 

    Component of a HMI

    Common uses for HMI’s 

    Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) are utilized for showcasing information graphics, automating processes, and generating reports. Playing a critical role in monitoring and controlling various systems in different industries. 

    Depending on the industry will depend on the application of the HMI. Lets take a look how the panels are used in different industries:

    HMI’s within the Food Industry  

    In the Food and Beverage industry, there are regulations to follow to ensure food safety throughout production. IP66 rating is essential for the HMI when located in food production environments.  

    The IP66 rating ensures that the interface can handle extreme temperatures and high-pressure jet washes during cleaning. Due to the regular cleaning required, water contact can cause damage to the screen and electronic connections. 

    HMI’s within the Automotive Industry 

    Within the automotive industry HMI’s are used to provide valuable data in relation to quality control and operator safety. This is crucial within the production line, to provide a constant high quality when manufacturing vehicles. HMI’s assist operators with fault diagnosis when breakdowns occur, this helps identify the fault and repair it efficiently to restart production.   

    Where are HMI Panels used? 

    HMIs are utilized across various sectors such as Food Manufacturing, Industrial Automation, Medical Manufacturing, and Transportation. They are commonly employed to regulate the equipment involved in the production process. 

    HMI’s most commonly need replacing after 10 years. Overworking the HMI, irregular maintenance and unrepaired physical damage can reduce the lifespan of the HMI. 

    Obsolete HMI Repairs 

    Many major manufacturing brands produce HMI’s, including Schneider Electric, Allen Bradley, Siemens and Mitsubishi. Technological developments will increase obsolete HMI’s within the industry, Neutronic can repair the majority of obsolete HMI’s from all major manufacturers. 

    Neutronic strive in finding solutions for our customers, we have the in-house capabilities to repair obsolete parts in our workshop. Including Mitsubishi E1020 HMI screens, these HMI’s are obsolete and are expensive to replace. You can expect to pay over £1000 for a replacement E1020. Neutronic are one of the very few industrial repair services that can repair the Mitsubishi E1020 screens. 

    Neutronic offers a 24/7 service to all customers with repairs. Offerings a 12-month warranty for all HMI’s when they leave our workshop, allowing you to be confident in our repair service. 

    5 Common Faults with a HMI Panel

    HMI’s are attached to control machinery, and regular use means faults occur more often, common faults which are found with HMI’s are: 

    Screen Freezing: The screen may become unresponsive or blank, which limits the use of the screen to control the machinery. 

    Touch Screen Malfunction: The screen may fail to respond to touch points for users. 

    Compatibility Issues: If you change or update your software and hardware, you may have compatibility issues going forward with your HMI. 

    Power Issues: The screen may fail to start up due to a power supply to the HMI. If unexpected issues do occur power supply could be the first point of call to check over. 

    Connection Issues: The connection between the HMI panel and the machinery, is important to work to deliver a usable HMI. 


    What is a HMI panel used for? 

    HMI stands for Human Machining Interface. 

    A Human-Machine Interface (HMI), is an interface or dashboard that controls a machine, system or device. It helps to create a user-friendly way for humans to control their systems within their business. A typical HMI consists of a display screen, input devices, audio alerts and feedback devices. 

    How does a HMI co-operate with a PLC? 

    A PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) relays information to the HMI to display the information and status requested by the HMI. Through the digital screen on the HMI, the graphics displayed showcase the information which is being generated from the PLC. 

    What is the difference between a HMI and a PLC? 

    The key difference between the two parts is the PLC is the logical part, whereas HMI is the graphical part.

    Can Neutronic repair my HMI? 

    Neutronic Technologies regularly repair HMI’s within our Electronic workshop. Our engineers have vast experience in this type of repair, from a variety of industries and manufacturers. 
    We can run test all major manufacturers using our in-house testing rigs. This provides confidence that your repair has been fully tested prior to being returned. 

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    Investment in Another CEMB Balancing Machine

    We are proud to announce we have recently invested in another CEMB balancing machine. This is a smaller balancing machine, in comparison to our ZB2000. Investing in this equipment will allow us to balance smaller rotors easily and more accurately.

    The ZB20/TCN/GV CEMB balancing machine implemented in our Electro-mechanical workshop has the capability to re-balance rotors up to 20KG. Built to provide precision and outstanding balancing capabilities, this machinery asset can feel any vibration within the rotor, due to being compact. This allows Neutronic to provide re-balancing to all small-sized motors.

    What Machinery Assets Can be Rebalanced?

    Rotors within a motor can be rebalanced on this machine. As part of the Electro-Mechanical repair Neutronic service, we rebalance every motor repair which is sent to our workshop. We understand this is a critical part of the repair to prolong the longevity of the motor, and minimise the need for replacements.

    Benefits of Rebalancing Rotors

    There are many benefits to why rebalancing rotors is important and a critical part of the repair, as stated below:

    1) Reduction in Noise and Vibration. Noise and vibrations are both signs of a fault within machinery. Vibration within a rotor can be generated from loose connections, misalignment or internal damage. It is crucial for an engineer to take a look if your motor is vibration or making a noise.

    2) Increase Reliability. If a motor is regularly balanced, this can improve the reliability of the asset, and unexpected breakdowns are less likely. It helps reduce long-term internal damage.

    3) Improved Efficiency. Bearings and internal components will become damaged, if weight is uneven on a motors shaft. A correctly balanced motor allows the load to be evenly distributed and run efficiently.

    4) Reduction in Maintenance Costs. If a motor is regularly re-balanced, it is likely to experience fewer mechanical breakdowns and will require less maintenance cost.

    At Neutronic, we understand Reliability, Efficiency and Time is important to all of our customers which is why we quote re-balancing as part of each repair. This will allow you to have confidence that your machinery asset is correctly aligned it machining at maximum efficiency and low likelihood of unexpected breakdowns. Contact Neutronic today to book in your asset for re-balancing, Email now!

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