More and more of what we do in the industrial and production arena depends on automation, but there are still some processes that require people to get them started. The method uses to control those processes and set them in motion often uses an electro-mechanical assembly of some form.
Electro-Mechanical Assemblies Explained
Electro-mechanical assemblies are not as complicated as one might think. The assemblies are sometimes something simple like an electric motor that uses electricity and mechanical movement to achieve a specific function. A generator or an alternator on a car is an excellent example of this. The assembly needs both the mechanical movement and the electrical function to work for you.
Another example is a control panel in your production facility that uses mechanical switches to activate an electrical current and turn something on or off. The assembly is built in a box or panel and have all the circuits it requires integration into the panel. In many cases, these panels are very purpose-built, and if they are not assembled correctly, they can stop and entire production line or a single machine with a simple failure of a wire or a switch.
Custom Panels and Assemblies
Contracting a company to build your specific electro-mechanical assemblies may seem like overkill, but even if you only need one assembly, you need one that is going to work correctly. The wiring and integration of switches and electronics are so critical that paying for a company that specializes in this kind of work is worth it to most companies.
Often a new machine or piece of equipment will arrive in your facility, and the control panel is already constructed and included so that you do not need to have one made. However, for older machines, that may not be the case. To take the integration a step further, air control valves are sometimes part of these assemblies but are still mechanical valves, so they are still technically electro-mechanical assemblies.
Trouble Shooting and Maintenance
When you deal with electro-mechanical assemblies in your business, it is critical to make sure you have maintenance personnel that understand the principles and the working process behind the assembly. If something goes wrong with the assembly, the technician or maintenance mechanic needs to be able to diagnose the problem quickly and get the system back online. If the mechanic can not fix the assembly, you could be looking at extensive downtime while you wait for a tech from the manufacturer to come and determine what the problem is and how to fix it.