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Raising Standards Again – ISO 14001 Certification Joins The Family


NDC has successfully achieved certification to the ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems Standard.

The ISO 14001 certification is a globally recognised sign of a business' commitment to the preservation of the environment. 


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NDC Elevator Drives At London Liftex 2016


NDC's stand at this year's London Liftex proved to be very busy with visitors from both the UK and overseas keen to learn about our innovative solutions to elevator drive and motor failure.


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NDC Achieves Queens Award For Enterprise


We were named winners of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise, the UK’s most coveted and prestigious business award.


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Hospital Motor Discharged Following Emergency Call.


 

NDC's dedicated MRL Motor Division were recently contacted by the lift maintenance contractor at a large hospital following their inspection of an EcoDisc MX20 motor. The motor was showing faults and the lift was subsequently switched off, causing an inevitable interruption to hospital services.

 


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NDC's MRL Motor Services: An Overview


For lift companies, engaging a repair company that has the right in-house technology and know-how is key to supporting these motors.


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Cranes Industry - Anticipating The Extra Mile


The OEM route for repairs tends to be an expensive one, and some OEm’s have agreements not to repair, and most users will recognise that. So how can you guarantee the quality and safety standards of an OEM or service agent, without compromising profitability? 


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Need A B&R Unit In A Hurry?


At NDC not only have we invested heavily into the development of two custom built test rigs to Test – Diagnose – Repair – Test all B&R drive units, but we have also invested in a wide variety of B&R units to hold as stock for Service Exchange.


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Sell Us Your Surplus Drives!


For many years, we at NDC have been repairing compressor drives as an alternative to returning them to the OEM.  Our customers are now telling us however that a Service-Exchange scheme for inverter drives would be of interest. From our research we understand that turnaround time & reliability are the main factors concerning customers when their compressor fails.


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2015 Survey Results & Prize Winner


We recently asked you to tell us what you think of our service and through-out the months of November and December 2015 we had a great response. The feedback not only meets the requirement of or ISO 9000 registration but perhaps most importantly is used to improve our service making it even more aligned with our customers’ requirements and ensure that we continue to be an alternative to the OEM’s for the supply of replacement Variable Speed Drives (VSD’s) 


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Shut Down – Start Up – Failure?


We know that summer shut downs can be a doubled edged sword, on one hand you get a chance to strip out and repair parts that are on their last legs, do essential routine maintenance and get everything cleaned down and ready for the peak usage that comes with the next Coronation Street special.


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Quality And Integrity Of Parts: Can You Be Completely Sure?


The choice of suppliers for elevator components and electronics has grown rapidly over the past decade. One such search on Google reveals hundreds of suppliers from California to China offering replacements and repairs for a fraction of the cost of a new part - but can you ever be sure of the quality and the integrity of these products and services?


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Investment Results In Improved Downtimes For Customers


NDC makes regular investments to ensure that we have a broad range of updated test facilities that reflect our customers service commitments. Crucially, this enables our Engineers to execute diagnostic testing routines on receipt of a faulty drive, and to subsequently prove the completed repair work prior to despatch of the drive.


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NDC Extends Ground-breaking Lifetime Warranty To The KONE KDL16L Drive


NDC’s industry-leading innovation, proven repair reliability in the field and our exhaustive diagnostic and function testing capability underpins the technological basis of the Lifetime Warranty. We have always endeavoured to raise the bar in the elevator industry and to pass onto our customers the savings and benefits of our engineering investments.


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NDC's 2nd International Distributors Conference


This Summer delegates gathered from Australia, Europe and North America as NDC hosted it's 2nd International Distributor Conference in Manchester.


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As B&R Move Toward Industry 4.0, Is Your Equipment Moving Toward Obsolescence?


Industry 4.0 is seen as being the next industrial revolution. Its aim is to have seamless integration between smart, internet-connected machines and human labour, were all of your machines are custom made and constantly talking to each other throughout the production process over radio signals. All this controlled and easily altered through the internet on your laptop or phone. 


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Relay Powerful Solutions


Recently NDC were contacted by a major electrical repair company who offer services to offshore oil and gas installations and major shipping companies.

 

They were experiencing difficulties with a type of programmable relay manufactured by Himap called the Himap FI Function Relay used for monitoring and control purposes in the transfer of gasses and liquids in bulk storage and transportation.

 

 


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Ingersoll Rand Nirvana Drive – BUS Capacitor Failure


Recently one of NDC’s clients, a company which is a leading provider and installer of air compressors, nitrogen generators and vacuum systems, experienced difficulties with a Nirvana Drive manufactured by Ingersoll Rand. 


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Food Manufacturing Automation - Weber Slicers & Elau Servo Motors


Whether it’s a case of retrofitting older-generation, inefficient motors with variable speed drives or purchasing the latest generation of robots that can work alongside humans…..almost every recent investment in automation equipment has energy-efficient and cost reducing reasons behind it” – Jonathan Wilkins - European Automation Marketing Manager

 


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Relocation Of NDC's MRL Motor Facility: Added Capacity And Enhanced Services


NDC's dedicated MRL facility ServoLab is to be relocated within the company's Manchester-based Electro-Mechanical Division following further investment into elevator motor services by NDC. The company has elected to make this investment due to the growing demand for these services within the lift industry.


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Investment Completes Support For Otis Gen2 Drives And Motors


NDC's R&D team are constantly seeking to drive continuous improvement and innovation in our business and to expand the range of supported elevator systems for our customers.

The team has recently completed an 18 month long project to design, build and commission a test suite to interrogate and simulate the operation of Otis Gen2 drives and motors.


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Loher Dynavert Range Added To Supported Service-exchange Portfolio


NDC are always working hard to add the right drives to our on-the-shelf supported stock. As part of that commitment to our customers, we have now added the Loher Dynavert range to our ever growing list of stock drives that are supported within our sale or service-exchange portfolio.


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NDC Elevator Drives To Exhibit In The US And Europe During 2015


Following our prize winning and well attended booth installation in San Antonio TX last year, NDC will once again
be exhibiting at this year's NAEC Expo in Boston MA in September. In a tight Autumn (or Fall!) schedule, we then
re-cross the pond the following month to attend Interlift 2015 in Augsburg, Germany.


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Preventative Maintenance This Summer: It's No Sweat!


Summer is on the way bringing with it the promise of fine weather and rising temperatures. Great news for all of us
- but will it be such good news for your elevator drives?

 

Our experience in previous Summers has shown us that certain drives do not respond too well to the increase in temperature, of
note here are those based on Omron / Yaskawa chassis’ such as the Omron 3G3FV, Yaskawa Varispeed 616G5 and
Orona V3F ranges.


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Have You Been Told Your Drive Is Obsolete?


Have you been told your drive is obsolete?

 

We often find clients come to us with drives they have been told are no longer in production and as a result are obsolete and no longer supported. We find that this is rarely the case.


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Motor Training Day At NDC Elevator Drives


NDC Elevator Drives recently hosted a training event at our Manchester facility for service and maintenance technicians from a national lift service company.


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The Christmas Spirit


NDC has been involved with charities for a number of years, every year our teams hold a variety of fundraising event to help causes dear to them. This year we decided to have an official company charity and focus the donations so they can do the most good.


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Distributor Training Event At NDC Elevator Drives


Technical staff from NDC Elevator Drives' Global Distributor Network met in Manchester during October for product training on our range of remanufactured elevator drives.


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Lift Drives: Lifetime Warranty Update


NDC’s Lifetime Warranty expanded to include key OTIS and OMRON Drives


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Lift Drive Service-Exchange Availability Expanded


NDC’s off the shelf, same-day solution to Lift Drive failure is our service-exchange scheme where we supply fully refurbished and functionally tested OEM Lift Drives to site.


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NDC Exhibiting At NAEC 65 San Antonio .


NDC Elevator Drives will be exhibiting at the 65th NAEC Conference and Exposition in San Antonio TX this September.


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The First NDC Global Distributor Network Conference


Thursday June 5th saw the inaugural Conference of NDC’s Global Distributor Network convened in Manchester.


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NDC Selected To Repair, Rebuild And Test KONE Ecodisc® Motor


When residents in a city-centre apartment block recently reported that a lift had started to vibrate and make excessive noise, a lift maintenance company were called in to inspect the system.
 


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Investment To Add Variodyn Drives To Supported Schindler Portfolio


NDC's R&D Team recently completed a project commissioned during 2012/13 to reverse engineer and establish a run test facility for the Schindler Variodyn range of drives.

 


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CONTROL TECHNIQUES UNIDRIVE M Series


NDC have long been established in the Food Industry supplying solutions for a wide range of products. Our understanding and knowledge of the products that drives and controls the food industry equipment is seen as the key and we are continually assessing the products. 


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Indramat KDS, TDM And TVM: “obsolete” Was Never A Problem


Typically, obsolescence is preceded by a gradual decline in popularity. Although “popularity” is not a common expression in Engineering, this easy-labelling from the OEM’s, is coherent with their core business: sell new. Therefore it is highly important to implement and operate an active management of obsolescence to mitigate and avoid extreme costs: effective and reliable repairs should be on the top of that list.


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NDC Help An Electrical Motor Repair Company Gain New Customer


A motor rewind company recently came to NDC Servolab to ask for help with a modern servo drive motor as we held the relevant drive systems. 


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NDC Repair In Record Time


A major aerospace parts manufacturer had to stop one of their machines in their production cycle as the spindle motor (Fanuc A06B-0859-B100#3000 Spindle Motor) started making an excessive noise. An expected 12 week turnaround from the OEM was jeopardizing performance. NDC was called into action. Read more to check how We were able to help. 


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ACOPOS B&R Systems Now Fully Supported By NDC


NDC’s dedicated research and development team have completed work on the re-engineering of Acopos B&R Drives. This means that NDC can now offer a level of reliability to their repairs comparable with the Original Equipment Manufacturers. We offer a quicker turnaround and at a reduced cost.   


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Yaskawa Sigma Series Servo Drives & Motors


NDC have long been established in the Food Industry supplying solutions for a wide range of products. Our understanding and knowledge of the products that drives and controls the food industry equipment is seen as the key and we are continually assessing the products. NDC's dedicated R & D team have been busy finalizing the latest breakthroughs in the programming and testing of Serial Encoders on Yaskawa Servo Motors used in Marel Food Slicers & Processors.


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NDC New Facility With Modern Electronic And Servo Labatory


Those who have been following our updates will know that the NDC Service Centre is due to be finished in March, which is fast approaching. 


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NDC Announce Acopos B & R Drive Repair Capability


NDC’s dedicated research and development team have completed work on the re-engineering of Acopos B&R Drives. This means that NDC can now offer a level of reliability to their repairs comparable with the Original Equipment Manufacturers but offering a much quicker turnaround and at a much reduced cost.   


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NDC Building Nearly Complete!


After a few weeks of building the frame, the new NDC Service Centre building is really starting to look like a building. It won’t be long until NDC can move from their current property at Stretford Motorway Estate, Trafford Park, and re-located into their new HQ located next to sister company, CPM Engineering on Barton Dock Road.  


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Lifetime Warranty Announcement


NDC’s Technical and Commercial Teams have finalized a seminal Lifetime Warranty concept that is set to revolutionize the repairs industry within the British Lift market. 

 

 


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New NDC Service Centre Construction On Budget And Schedule


You may have been busy eating mince pies and warming by the log fire over Christmas (of course!) but NDC and Williams Tarr are well under way to completing the construction of the 8,700 square foot bespoke workshop and office facilities for Northern Drives and Controls Ltd.  


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Mitsubishi SJ-11AW52M Fails After A Speed Change - We Didn't Just Repair It.


A CNC tool manufacturer had one of their major machines in the production line come to a standstill due to the seizure of its spindle motor. A change in conditions can affect your motor performance. Having a repair company that understands your business makes a difference to your short and long term maintenance plan. 


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Surveys Results & Prize Draw Winner Announced


We recently asked you to tell us what you think of us, our services, prices and benefits. Through-out the months of November and December 2013, we had a great response rate and we’re pleased to report that the feedback we received was tremendously useful.

 


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Metal Structure Built For The NDC Service Centre


Despite the weather, the shape of the new NDC Service Centre building is beginning to take form, and it’s starting take on a more recognisable structure. The Piling process has been complete, which saw stone columns pumped into the ground to stabilise the surface. The metal structure is laid on top of the concrete piles, which form the deep rooted foundations to the building. 


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172 Stone Columns Complete For New NDC Service Center Building


Some of you may have already heard that NDC are getting a new state of the art Service Centre building to house their workshop and office facilities. The 6,700 square foot purpose built facility is being constructed directly next to sister company CPM’s head quarters, and will represent a £750,000 investment.


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New NDC Service Center Building: 172 Stone Columns Complete


NDC are getting a new state of the art Service Centre building to house their workshop and office facilities. Representing a £750,000 investment, the 6,700 square foot purpose built facility is being constructed directly next to sister company CPM’s head quarters.


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Christmas & New Year Shutdown @ Standard Repair Prices (no Extra Charges, Just Extra Carols)


The annual Christmas shutdown provides a perfect opportunity to undertake vital machine maintenance, without causing operational disruptions. However, keeping costs down during this period can be difficult with those pesky ‘Christmas rates’ charging way over the usual odds. At NDC you don't have to worry with that! We have no extra charges on Christmas, just extra carols!


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NDC Are Moving Home


NDC have started work on their new Service Centre, which is due to be complete in Spring 2014. The new Service Centre is set to facilitate the expanding needs of NDC electronics and NDC ServoLab businesses, into a purpose built 6,700 square feet, state of the art facility. 


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Trick Or Treat: NDC Servolab Ensures The Smiles On Children’s Faces


Anyone in an Engineering Department, even the most experienced Engineers, always feel a chill down their spine when they get THE call: “We have a problem. You need to get here ASAP.” When the problem affects a machine that’s a major part of the production line, and it’s a direct threat to the company’s performance, that chill gets worse. But you can only imagine the alarm when that machine is being used to manufacture sweet buckets which were being prepared for Halloween. This in when, in your mind, you go beyond the intense calls from Production Managers, to the sad look on kids’ faces on such a major holiday. That’s when the scary music in the background starts.


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NDC’s Repairs Register Database: 2000 OEMs Now Supported!


Our Industrial Electronics Repairs Register now contains over 2000 supported OEMs from the Automation and Control Sector.

 


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New MRL Motor Service Introduced


NDC in conjunction with Pfeifer Drako are pioneering a unique and innovative new service in the British Lift Industry in response to growing demand.

 


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Yaskawa Sigma II Series Servo Motors & Drives


NDC's dedicated R & D team have been busy finalizing the latest breakthroughs in the programming and testing of, Serial Encoders on Yaskawa Sigma II Series Servo Motor.


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NDC Save Meat Processors Bacon!!


NDC  have added the Control Techniques DBE140 Servo Drive and its associated 142DSD301US ac Servo Motor to its Repairs Register.


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NDC At Liftex 2013


NDC’s stand at Liftex proved to be particularly popular this year with service and operations managers from both OEMs and independent service and repair companies taking time to visit us.


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Observed: A Special Visitor To NDC's Liftex Stand!


Chatting with NDC Staff, our special visitor conceded that following the Olympics she couldn't wait for Liftex 2013 to begin


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Investments Drive Up Repair Reliability Again


During 2012 NDC undertook a number of Research and Development investments into Quality and Diagnostic Tools, Reverse Engineering Programmes, Test —- Diagnose - Repair– Test Routines and Function Testing Capability.


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Nachi Servo Motors


NDC's dedicated R & D team have been busy finalizing the latest breakthroughs in the programming and testing of Serial and Smart Encoders on Nachi TS Series Servo Motors


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NDC Exhibiting At Liftex 2013


Following a successful exhibition debut in 2010, NDC are back for Liftex 2013!

Why not stop by to meet our staff and discuss our Lift Drive and MRL Motor Services.

You will find us on stand A26


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NDC Customer Survey & Prize Draw


NDC seeks continuous improvement in all aspects of our business; customer services, logistics and our technical and engineering processes.

 


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Lenze ECS Series – Motion Controllers In The Meat & Cheese Slicing Industry


NDC have long been established in the Food Industry, especially the, Meat & Cheese sector, supplying solutions for a wide range of products. Our understanding and knowledge of the products that drives and controls the slicing equipment, is seen as the key and we are continually assessing the products. 


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Wind Farm – Power Factor Correction Units


The repair of CLMM-690/50-2X50 Power Correction Units, manufactured by ABB presented a challenge to NDC. These units are used to tune the output from the turbines. 


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NDC Invests In Enhanced Diagnostic And Testing Capability: KONE V3F16 Drives


NDC's R&D Team are constantly seeking ways to drive continuous improvement and innovation in our business - and whilst this helps us to keep ahead of our competitors, it also helps our customers to keep ahead of theirs. To us this makes sense all around.


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Lift Industry Professionals: Looking For A Competitive Advantage?


The Lift Market has become increasingly competitive throughout the construction downturn and economic recession, with service portfolio constantly changing hands and margins being squeezed.

 


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NDC Project Delivers Support For Parker And SBC Elettronica Drives And Motors


Another successful Reverse Engineering Project by NDC's Research Division demonstrates the synergy that is acquired by maintaining dedicated electronics and servo motor facilities within the company.


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MOOG MSD - Motion Control In Extrusion Blow Moulding


Northern Drives and Controls Ltd. R & D department have finalised the latest breakthrough in the repair and overhaul on the MOOG, MSD range of Multi Axis motion controllers


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Tamagawa TBL-iII Servo Motor


NDC ServoLab's dedicated R & D team have been busy finalizing the latest breakthroughs in the programming and testing of Serial and Smart Encoders on Tamagawa TBL-iII Servo Motors


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New 2 Year Warranties For Servo Motor Repairs Rolled Out


Following extensive QA and Reliability Analysis, NDC have extended the warranty period covering the repair of Servo Motors to two years (effective from September 1st, 2012).


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Reverse Engineering Success: B&R Automation Servo System


NDC ServoLab’s dedicated R&D team have been involved in a Reverse Engineering Project involving B&R Acopos Servo Drives, Servo Motors and Encoders.


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Servo Actuator Repair – Tolomatic GSWA-101


Automotive manufacturer requires urgent assistance after, one of their, welding robots on their main production line fails due to the malfunction of a servo actuator


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Decisive Action Returns Plastics Plant To Production


A major plastic containers manufacturer had one of their automatic labelling machines stop during the middle of a major production schedule.

Their maintenance department found the fault to be one of the main roller motors (a Parker Eurotherm AC MN 0150-4/1-3-GW Servo Motor) which had overheated.The Maintenance Manager called the machine manufacturer who informed him that these labelling machines had been phased out and were no longer supported. The motor OEM was also contacted, who advised that the motor was obsolete. Plant maintenance then contacted NDCs ServoLab to establish what support was available.


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Driving Forward Best Practice – TEST-DIAGNOSE-REPAIR-TEST


NDC Ltd has been championing best practice for the repair and overhaul of Servo Drives and Servo Motors since the early 1990’s. We have a four stage manufacturing process which looks to ensure that the end result has the integrity to match OEM levels of performance and endurance, on all repairs.


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Rapid And Cost - Effective Repair Returns Injection Moulding Robot To Production


A major supplier of injection moulded components to the automotive industry recently had one of their de-moulding robots fail on a critical line. With the prospect of incurring costly downtime a real issue, the maintenance team were called in right way and established that one of the robot\'s 6 pole B&R Synchronous Servo Motors (Type 8MSA4L.E0-68) had developed an encoder fault.


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VLT MCD Series Soft Starts


NDC have added the VLT MCD Series Soft Starts to our Danfoss Register of Supported Repairs.


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Collaboration Delivers Siemens Pitch and Yaw Controls Project


NDC’s Servo Motor and Electronics Divisions recently collaborated to deliver a Reverse Engineering Project involving the Siemens Sinamics S120 Drive and the Siemens Simotics 1FK7 Servo Motor, devices typically utilised in wind turbine pitch and yaw control cabinets.


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World Class Investment Into Supporting Kone V3F Drive Series


In 2011 NDC designed, built and commissioned a world class MRL system to diagnose the faults, direct the repair and fully function test the V3F10, 16, 18, 20, 25 and 80 (ES, LE, L and R VVVF Drives).


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Handtmann Servo Motors & Controllers Repair Service Goes Worldwide


One of the major sausage manufacturers in Italy had one of their Handtmann Vacuum Fillers fail due to the seizure of the Servo Motor (Handtmann M406D-0101-001 Motor). This seizure resulted in the failure of the controller (Handtmann ACS40).


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The Importance Of Application Testing For Crane Inverters


NDC have been repairing and refurbishing Tower Crane Inverters for over ten years and we have built a wealth of experience and knowledge in this field. We recognised at an early stage, the importance of Full application testing.


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NDC Support Services: Power Station Outages 2012


Do you have a planned Station Outage during 2012?


As we look forward to the Spring, NDC are now receiving tender documents, booking site surveys and compiling repair and service quotations for Generators around the UK planning their respective Outages. At NDC we understand the criticality of working within the scheduled time frame and delivering our end of the bargain in returning units back to commission efficiently and effectively. Take a look at how NDC can support various devices and systems within your plant portfolio.


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MOOG Drive And Motor Support For The Plastics Industry


Following extensive reverse engineering, modelling and testing of the MOOG servo system, NDC has captured the circuits, parts lists, schematics and set up / test data necessary to produce in house Test – Diagnose – Repair – Test Procedures for the MOOG MD Servo Motor and MSD Servo Drive, devices widely utilised by OEMs in the manufacture of electric plastic injection moulding machines.


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NDC ServoLab Preferred To OEM Yet Another Time


A major automotive spring manufacturer had a one of their automatic coiling machine stop during the middle of a major production schedule. Their maintenance department found the fault to be one of the axis motors (an ABB 8C441500V002SG3MB Servo Motor) which had overheated.


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KONE MonoSpace® Technologies Now Fully Supported By NDC


NDC’s dedicated ServoLab motor facility has now added the KONE EcoDisc® MRL Motor to its impressive portfolio of MRL motors now supported. The addition of this repair and test capability completes NDC’s overall support package for KONE MonoSpace® technology as a world class facility for the repair and test of the V3F series VVVF drives was also completed in 2011.


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Emergency Call Out To Return Faulty Electra Vitoria Elevator To Service


Engineers from NDCs Slough Service Centre were recently called in to carry out an emergency repair to an Omron Sysmac C20 PLC module from an Electra Vitoria elevator.


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Anbieter In Der Europäischen Aufzug-Industrie Für Elektronische Reparaturen Und Überprüfungen


NDC ist als Mitglied der Aufzug-Industrie annerkannter Subunternehmer für führende Aufzughersteller und Service-Firmen. Wir führen Reparaturen, Umbauten und Funktionsprüfungen von Umkehrantrieben und Permanentmagneten/Greiferstab (MRL) Motoren aus. Wir sind ausserdem aktives Mitglied der LEIA, des Britischen Partners der Europäischen Aufzugsgesellschaft (European Lift Association).


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NDC Prove OEM’s ‘Beyond Repair Analysis’ Incorrect


A major processed food manufacturer had one of their critical machines go down due to the failure of the slicer motor (a Control Techniques 95DSB300US). The motor was very badly damaged and engineers at the processing plant decided to send the motor back to the OEM for evaluation.


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Programming Of Digital Encoders For Rexroth MSK & MHD Servo Motors


NDC ServoLab’s dedicated R&D motor team have been busy finalizing the latest breakthroughs in the programming and testing of Rexroth Servo Motors in our laboratories.


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NDC Roll Out Repair And Test Capability For Dynahoist Vector Drives


Following an extensive reverse engineering programme, NDC can now offer a comprehensive and UK-based repair and function test service across the Dynahoist Vector Drive series.


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Support For Next Generation Telemecanique Crane Drive


NDC were recently asked to repair and overhaul a faulty 37kW Telemecanique Altivar ATV71 inverter drive by a large UK-based tower crane operator. The drive was associated with the main hoist motor drive on a SAEZ flat top crane.


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NDC ServoLab Preferred To OEM In Minimizing Critical Downtime


A major CNC parts manufacturer had one of their HAAS Milling Machines stop due to a Spindle failure. The in-house maintenance engineers found the cause of the fault to be the main spindle (a HAAS 30-5911-W)


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Engineering Update: Weber Servo Control System


NDC’s ServoLab facility has recently completed a Reverse Engineering Project to establish Test - Diagnose - Repair - Test Procedures for Weber’s DSG Servo Motor, WUM Servo Amplifier and WUG Power Supply Unit.


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Engineering Update: Fanuc Alpha I Series AC Servo Motor, Spindle Motor & Amplifier


NDC’s R&D team have been busy finalizing the latest breakthroughs in the repair and testing of the new generation Fanuc Alpha i AC Servo Motor, Spindle Motor & Amplifier


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Test System Rolled Out Nationally For The Kinetix 6000 Multi Axis Servo Drives And Integrated Motion Solution


We were recently approached by a customer in the food and packaging industry to look into establishing a full in-house repair and function test facility to support these units.


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Support For Wind Turbine Soft Start


Engineering Update: NDC have completed a reverse engineering project featuring the Fairford QFE 690V Soft Start utilized in Wind Turbine applications.


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NDC Reverse Engineer Obsolete MicroTech Chiller System Controller


First commissioned in 1998 the CSC is a self contained micro-processor based device controlling upto 12 McQuay or JE Hall screw chillers. It can also monitor and control a variety of system equipment such as cooling tower fans, bypass valves and secondary pumps.


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Shut Down – Start Up – Failure?


We know that summer shut downs can be a doubled edged sword, on one hand you get a chance to strip out and repair parts that are on their last legs, do essential routine maintenance and get everything cleaned down and ready for the peak usage that comes with the next Coronation Street special.


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Shut Down – Start Up – Failure?


We know that summer shut downs can be a doubled edged sword, on one hand you get a chance to strip out and repair parts that are on their last legs, do essential routine maintenance and get everything cleaned down and ready for the peak usage that comes with the next Coronation Street special.


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Drive Support at Coal Fired Power Station


Northern Drives and Controls recently undertook the repair and overhaul of three, Allen Bradley C1336 - 150HP Boiler Fuel Pump - Motor Drives for a generating company at a large coal fired power station.


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Programming Hiperface Encoders for Elau SM Servo Motor


NDC's dedicated R & D team have been busy finalizing the latest breakthroughs in the programming and testing of Elau Servo Motors


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As tempers escalate - NDC called in to help passengers get away


An escalator at a major UK international airport suddenly stopped working causing a lot of inconvenience for passengers during a busy weekend.


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Robot nods approvingly at NDC fault response
(Well you didn't expect it to do a 'Crouchy' did you?)


A major electrical equipment manufacturer recently had one of their Staubli robots fail on a primary production line - output was halted and expensive downtime immediately incurred.


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Machine shop taps NDC expertise to secure production deadline


One of NDC customers in the machine tool sector is a large volume supplier of machined parts to the Oil, Gas and Pumping industries, operating large MAG Giddings & Lewis Horizontal Boring Mills.


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NDC: A Credible Alternative to OEMs


NDC are a reliable, technically proficient and cost-effective repair partner and alternative to the OEM. Our investments into dynamic engineering processes and first class customer support services underpins our confidence that we can exceed the package you are getting from your OEM. Take a look why.


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Some common faults in MRL PM Motors and the associated effects on the application.


The launch in 2010 of NDC's ServoLab, a dedicated facility undertaking the repair, service, re-building and function testing of permanent magnet motors has seen an influx of faulty motors from MRL lift applications.


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NDC Roll Out New 3 Year HVACR Repair Warranties


Given our proven reliability in the field, confidence in our technical processes and following extensive reliability analysis, NDC have extended the warranty period covering the repair of variable speed drives, inverters and soft starts exclusively associated with HVAC and Refrigeration applications to 3 years.


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UK-based repair & service option now availabe for SEW crane drives.


NDC have introduced a new repair and refurbishment service in the UK for the popular SEW MDV series Flux Vector Drives, utilised as a speed control and positioning system in crane applications.


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Fault Analysis Gives NDC the Edge


When recently asked to repair a fault on a Leroy Somer SP4402 inverter from a Jost Luffer Crane our exhaustive processes were put to the test.


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Sleep on your problems - whilst we work on them!


NDC recently undertook the rapid repair of a NTK 37kw (Control Techniques) hoist inverter off a Jost Luffer.


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Driving Up Reliability with 'Overdrive' Software


With some Original Equipment Manufacturers still unwilling to disclose or sell technical data, schematics and parts lists even to their own subsidiaries and selling agents, it has required 3rd party repairers to become innovative and develop equipment, procedures and software in order to test and diagnose electronic drives.


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OEM Lead Times: Just not cutting it!


A major processed food manufacturer had one of their main high speed slicing machines recently fail causing a major loss of production and expensive downtime.


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Reverse Engineering Breakthrough: The Omron L7 Varispeed


NDC’s dedicated R & D team have been busy finalising the latest breakthroughs in lift drive engineering. The latest additions to the already impressive list of OEM drive successes are the Omron L7 Varispeed, lift Inverter


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They say you're never more than a few metres from an NDC repair!


NDC have been assisting Europe's largest advertising company with electronic support for their range of scrolling advertising billboards installed around the nation's streets and shopping malls.


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New repair & programming service for the lift and crane industries


NDC can now offer a comprehensive repair and full-function testing service to the lift and crane industries across the Ziehl Abegg range of Zetadyn lift and crane controllers. These controllers are widely used in lifting applications.


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NDC's ServoLab selected ahead of OEM to effect repair to MRL PM Motor


A Lift in a high-rise tower came to a sudden halt causing a lot of inconvenience to the people working in the tower. The Facilities Manager called in the Lift service company who identified the cause of the problem as the main Lift motor (a Control Techniques PM UniMotor with a Stegmann SinCos Hiperface Encoder).


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Siemens Partner Status: Supporting enhanced services to NDC customers


As a Siemens Drives & Transmissions Partner, NDC has recently completed the overhaul and refurbishment of the servo control system from an Autobond Compact T Laminator.


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NDC assessment and repair saves care home £25,000 system refit !


NDC were recently called out to assess a Lift system that had been out of commission for five weeks.


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MRL Permanent Magnet Motors: An Overview


On average lifts are responsible for about 10% of the energy consumption in high-rise buildings. Due to this, one of the core goals of the industry is higher energy efficiency.


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10,000 Devices From 1500 OEMs Now Supported


NDC’s Repair Register was recently updated and now includes 10,000 types of industrial electronic devices from a range of global OEMs
i.e. ABB - Ziehl Abegg.


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Mitsubishi Offset Litho Press VF16S Drive Repair


A Graphics Printer was undertaking work on an electrical system when an electrician introduced a voltage spike into the system causing significant damage to the 40 inch Litho Press, the company called in Mitsubishi to resolve the problem.


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NDC Completes Baumuller Modular Reverse Engineering Project


NDC’s ServoLab facility has recently completed a Reverse Engineering Project to establish Test - Diagnose - Repair - Test Procedures across the range of Baumuller’s DS/DA Servo Motors.


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Do you know about NDC’s Test - Diagnose - Repair - Test Policy?


When your job arrives at an NDC Service Centre, it is initially subject to routine, function and load tests, plus an electrical and mechanical inspection.


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NDC Rolls Out Post-Warranty Support For Wind Turbine Operators and OEMs


NDC's Renewables Division is presently completing Reverse Engineering Projects and assembling


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NDC at Liftex 2010: An Update


NDC’s stand at Liftex proved particularly popular this year with service and operations managers from both OEMs and independent service and
repair companies.


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Servo Motor Repair is ‘Spot On’

One of our customers was experiencing problems on a welding application due to encoder failure in one of the motors, a Parker PO-L20-P54.

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Come and meet us at Liftex 2010

NDC will be exhibiting at stand F3 during this year’s Liftex Expo at London’s Excel. Service Managers and Engineers are welcome to join us to discuss our services.

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NDC Proves That Size Does Matter

(March 2010)
NDC are well known for our capabilities across a wide range of AC Inverter repairs, but the ability to handle and test the largest Inverters is an additional element in our service portfolio that marks us out from our competitors.

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Schindler VF30 BR Variodyn AC Drive Reverse Engineered

(March 2010)
NDC have been actively involved with a reverse engineering project covering Schindler's VF30 BR Variodyn AC Lift drives.

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Liebherr LR1200 & 1100 Service Update

(March 2010)
NDC have recently been asked to look into the repair and overhaul of the Cab Equipment on the Liebherr LR1200 & LR1100 range of crawler cranes, by one of our customers.

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NDC Detects Faults With Goring Kerr Unit

(March 2010)
NDC were recently approached by a supplier of meat products to a national supermarket chain. A Goring Kerr Metal Detector was faulty, with severe consequences for production. The model, a TEK 21 is a general purpose unit designed to detect ferrous & non ferrous metals as well as stainless steels.

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PCB Repair and Support for Ishida Multihead Weighers

(March 2010)
NDC have recently taken on the repair and overhaul of PCB’s from across the Ishida range of Multihead Weighers.

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Repair and Reprogramming Services For Direct Ax CNC Controllers

(March 2010)
NDC can now offer a comprehensive repair and full-function testing service for manufacturing and machining customers across the range of Control Techniques DirectAx controllers widely used in industrial CNC applications.

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UK Repair Option for Pacific Scientific PC800 series Servo Drives

(January 2010)
NDC have introduced a new repair and refurbishment service to popular speed control and positioning systems widely used in the food industry.

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Winch Overhaul and Controls Upgrade

(January 2010)
NDC were recently approached by a customer who was having torque and slippage problems controlling their 45kW 20 year old winch at slow speeds. The winch was mechanically sound but the control technology, an old Thorn DC drive connected to banks of resistors, fuses and other control gear, was starting to show it’s age.

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Otis Service Update

(January 2010)
NDC can now offer a comprehensive repair and full-function testing service to the lift industry across the OTIS™ door controllers.

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Support for AEW Delford Control Technology

(January 2010)
Following our previous successes with third party and integrated devices associated with food processing equipment, we are now able to offer a full overhaul and repair service on the Control Techniques range of Digitax ST Servo Drives and the associated Unimotor HD AC Servo Motors.

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Wolff Tower Crane Hoist Drive Repair

(January 2010)
NDC have completed repairs to an 88 Amp Reliance Inverter used as a hoist drive on a Wolff Tower Crane.

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Distinction for NDC at University Breakdown

(January 2010)
NDC got top grades from a National Lift OEM as two lifts at a north eastern University recently failed interrupting the start of a new Semester.

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