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2019 Industry Day Summary


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2019 Industry Day Summary

Control System Labs hosted an open house for industry on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at our facility at 1501 Kensington Ave in Buffalo, NY. Numerous current and potential customers and suppliers visited to learn about the industrial electronic repair capabilities that Control System Labs offers, as well as to meet the owners, Ed Bialek and Gary Fredricks. New York State Senator Patrick Gallivan of the 59th Senate District attended the event with his Chief of Staff, Keith Bryan.

In addition to tours and demonstrations throughout the day, there were refreshments and raffles for multiple gift cards and a JBC Soldering Station. The event was very well received by the attendees and the leadership at Control System Labs looks forward to working with many new customers and suppliers from the event.

Control System Labs repairs industrial electronic controls for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), service companies, and end users from around the world. Since 1970, we have completed repairs on more than 100,000 industrial electronic controls including but not limited to: AC/DC drives, counters and timers, Human Machine Interfaces (HMIS), temperature controllers, valve drivers and variable frequency drives.

Control System Labs has worked with over 10,000 customers ranging from small businesses to Fortune 100 companies in virtually every industry. Since being in business for almost 50 years, we truly understand the importance of balancing quick, affordable repairs and adequate testing to make sure controls work properly. We have a team of experienced engineers and technicians that can repair or replace virtually any control--even for rare brands and obsolete machines. Repairing industrial equipment can result in substantial cost savings to companies who have limited funds to purchase new or updated equipment.

If you have any questions about Control System Labs’ industrial electronic repair capabilities, please call Control System Labs at 716-836-2100 or visit their web page at ControlRepair.com.



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Recovering Industrial Electronics After Severe Weather


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Recovering Industrial Electronics After Severe Weather

Severe weather such as hurricanes, heavy rains, and flooding usually bring lots of water--something that doesn’t mix well with electronic controls. When Mother Nature interferes with your workflow, here’s what you need to know when you’re in recovery mode.

Safety First

No piece of equipment is more valuable than the lives of you or your crew. When handling wet electronics, the first step is always to ensure that all power is disconnected and test to verify that all sources of electricity are not connected. Then, make sure each machine is switched off and remove any batteries that might be present. These steps will not only ensure personal safety, but also minimize further damage of your equipment.

Next Steps

Once it’s safe to proceed, electronic devices need to be thoroughly dried and cleaned before they can be tested or repaired. Oil, dirt, and signs of corrosion (i.e., green, encrusted areas) should be removed using cotton swabs and isopropyl alcohol or other fast-drying electronic equipment cleaning products.

Then, the device needs to be thoroughly dried to remove all traces of moisture. Fans, infrared lamps, electric heaters, and even hair dryers can be useful for drying electronics, but it’s important to ensure that components are not overheated in the process. Once all equipment has been completely dried, it’s safe to attempt to power the device and test for operation. There are many factors that affect the repairability of the controls including contamination in the water, if the circuit was powered on while submerged, and length of exposure.

Professional Restoration

Electronic devices may be small, but they are complex and should only be repaired by experienced professionals. IIf cleaning and drying your equipment did not restore equipment operation, it’s not recommended to try any repairs yourself as you run the risk of further damaging the parts and making a professional repair more difficult or even impossible.

Call the Pros

If you have electronic controls that have been damaged by severe weather and flooding, our engineers and technicians can help. If we cannot repair your devices, we offer replacement parts for a variety of equipment--even rare brands and obsolete machines. When your electronic controls are damaged or destroyed, Control System Labs will get you up and running.


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The Importance of Proper Testing


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The Importance of Proper Testing

The repair process is more than just troubleshooting and fixing items. Without testing the control, it’s impossible to know if all defects have been identified and fixed. Testing is a critical part of the control repair process that verifies your control is functioning properly before it’s returned to you.  We often spend more time testing the unit than we do actually fixing the unit. Creating the appropriate test plan requires experience that our technicians possess and is necessary to ensure a quick and affordable repair process.

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Why are Power Controls Important?


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Why are Power Controls Important?

A power controller is a device used to monitor and adjust the power used by heaters, lamps, and other industrial loads. A properly working power controller will not only boost the performance of these systems, but they also extend their working life and contribute to worker safety as well.

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Your Industrial Electronic Control Broke… Now What?


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Your Industrial Electronic Control Broke… Now What?
When an industrial electronic control, like a circuit board or a connector, breaks which may happen from time to time, it can result in significant downtime, especially if handled improperly. This can be an incredibly stressful event because downtime means your business is not being productive — which ultimately leads to a loss of revenue. Complete industrial control system breakdowns often result from small part malfunctions and the management of those malfunctions. However, there are things you can to to be proactive and prevent failures.

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