Today, we are going to show you how to troubleshoot your AC Servo Motor. Two of the most common failures that happen with the motors are over-current faults and ground faults. Below, we explain to you the three simple steps to static checking both of these faults. We have also included a video at the end to help see exactly what to do.

Safety First

Use Caution

When it comes to troubleshooting problems on-site, safety is extremely important.
  • Use proper testing equipment
  • Wear proper safety equipment
  • Turn off machine and let it sit to make sure the DC bus discharges completely
To read more on troubleshooting safety, check out our blog post here.

Visual Checks

Always check the physical status of the unit before performing any other troubleshooting steps.

What to look for:

  • Mechanical damage to power connector, rotor shaft, etc
  • Evidence/smell of burning
  • Signs of excessive dirt, oil, or grease
  • Noticeable loose screws or wires
multimeter

Static Checks

Before performing any static checks, verify that the DC Bus is discharged using a multimeter. Then you can disconnect the power cable from the drive. By not disconnecting the power cable, you could cause damage to the drive while megging the motor.

There are 3 things we are going to check with our megger:

  1. Motor connected to the power cable
  2. Power cable alone
  3. Motor alone

 

First, with the power cable attached to the motor, use a megger to check for ground faults between U, V, and W. Any reading of 300 megaohms or more is okay. Next, disconnect the power cable from the motor. Using a megger, check the inputs of the power cable to ensure the issue does not reside within the cable. Lastly, use a megger to check the motor through the pins of the power connector. Remember: A, B, and C pins on the motor are considered to be U, V, and W. Here is a video to help guide you through the process!

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Marketing & Creative Director at IcarTeam, and supporting afiliated businesses,
including Precision Zone, Precision Education Integrators and Alfra Tools.
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