No servo motor will last forever. At some point, it will stop working and fail for some reason. Every business owner has to decide whether it is more beneficial to have the motor repaired or replaced with a new one. There are a number of factors which contribute to making this decision. One of the more important factors are the overall operational costs associated with motor failure. It is worth your time to carefully weigh the pros and cons of servo motor repair compared to replacement, to make the right decisions.
Repair vs. New Servo Motor Costs
The first thing to evaluate is to compare the costs of repair and replacement. Depending upon the age of the motor, sometimes it can cost more to have it repaired than to purchase a new one. Plus, if the current motor seems to breaking down more and more, this could indicate it is nearing the end of its useful life and should be replaced. However, never solely base your decision on these costs alone.
Costs of Downtown
The next thing to consider is how much it is costing your business to not be able to use the machine the motor was in and how soon you need it operational. Even if a new motor costs less, but it will take several weeks before it will arrive at your facility and can be installed, it could be more beneficial to pay the extra costs to have the existing motor repaired, if it will get you back up and running faster.
The Level/Detail of the Repair
If the servo motor repair company only fixes the current problem, but does not do a detailed analysis, testing, and evaluation of the entire motor and all its components, you could get into a situation of ongoing breakdowns and repairs, which could eventually lead to higher costs in the long run, than investing in a brand new motor. Verify with the repair company the level of detail they perform during motor repairs.
The Type of Warranty Offered
Find out what type of warranty the motor repair company will offer and if both parts and labour are covered and for how long. Compare this warranty to the warranty offered with a new motor.
The Expected Life of the Equipment
Lastly, consider the expected life of the equipment the motor is being used in. If you only intend to keep using the current equipment for a year or two, getting the motor repaired might be a better decision.
In the end it is your choice to decide whether to repair or replace the servo motor. ACCU Electric Motors, Inc. is here to help and will gladly lend our expertise to help you make the best, and most cost effective decision for your business. Call us today at (888) 932-9183.