I am an electrician that happens to work on a few outdated & obsolete machines in the South Manchester, UK area. I am great at fixing control panels and I even fix some PCBs however I do not have enough time or knowledge to fix everything.I would like to make contact with a small company / freelance electronics engineer that I can refer to/ give work to as needed. Preferably near to me. Can you help?
Generally I get called into work on a temperamental/failed machine. All the electrical engineering side I can fix. But where the wires turn into PCB traces I struggle, I just don't have the knowledge, or enough time to cram it into my head fast enough to solve the problem. Times I have identified a fault as relating to the PCB I refer it back to my customer, they then find a few companies to pass it onto for repair. Unfortunately most of them don't even promise to look at the board for 2-4 weeks. So the PCB ends up back on my lap. As I tend to fix what ever gets thrown at me, I battle my way through to repair it. Essentially what might take me 3-7 days to repair may only take an electronics engineer with a proper scope & knowledge a few hours. but my 3-7 days is still much better than it being sat on a shelf for 2 weeks. Its mostly through hole stuff from the 90's.
If you think you could help, and are relatively near by I would like to hear from you. I have so far worked on Print controllers, CNC's, Plotters, High Voltage power supplies. Pretty much everything I get to fix is obsolete & has no documentation. And despite me enjoying the occasional PCB repair challenge. In am much much better with a control panel full of wires! If this sounds like something you can help me with please get in touch! [email protected]
Few examples of the type of stuff..
Ahh, and just as I am about to click send I have had a phone call about the machine with the above board in. Which may be at fault again. replaced a few unhappy Tantelums on it last year.