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Obsolete Solenoids

The solenoid is an integral part of industrial manufacturing today as it has been for decades. Precise machine control on the shop floor revolutionized the way we make just about everything in an industrial environment. When they operate properly, solenoids can automate countless machine functions. When they fail, they can leave us stranded in a unfortunate situation on the shop floor. However, obsolete solenoids open up a new page in the book of down-time.

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Solenoid Troubleshooting

Fortunately, solenoid problems can be fairly simple to diagnose, sometimes the bigger issue is finding a suitable replacement for an obsolete solenoid in an environment where ever-changing technology and design can phase out, or virtually eliminate common solenoids from the available parts catalog annually.

For ease of use, accessibility, and available industrial solenoids, we've been referring individuals to eBay. It almost seems too easy but we've found many parts available that we thought we'd never find. Even after checking with larger parts houses, we still come back and check here regularly. It is not unusual to find obsolete Allen Bradley solenoids, Cutler Hammer, Fuji, Westinghouse solenoids, Square D solenoids, or obsolete GE Fanuc solenoids listed daily. You may even find some older 240VDC solenoids or odd voltages such as 250 VDC or 48 Volt. These solenoids and solenoid parts are those that were posted as a result of hard times at other companies and in many cases are NOS (new old stock).


obsolete SolenoidsMachine downtime due to an obsolete solenoid is a reality for many. There are options, however, nothing is ever easy. Here is a systematic approach, a simple yet effective method in dealing with a failed component that has likely been phased out by the manufacturer and no longer readily available.

1. Identify your problem... Making a positive identification of the failed component is the crucial first step. Troubleshooting is not a synonym for guess-work. It is a scientific method of determining a problem. There should be no doubt as to the source of the problem. This is determined through testing and not guessing.

2. Check the shelf... That's right, all too many times has a spare component or unit been passed over and found a day late. It sounds simple, but it is always the next step. Don't go looking for something that doesn't need to be found.

3. Check with the manufacturer... A website visit, email, or quick phone call to inquire about a a drop-in replacement is common sense. This step will deliver the bad news if obsolescence is indeed the case.

4. Check eBay... Believe it or not, this has become somewhat of a flea market for old industrial parts. By many, it is still considered to be a website for collectibles and the like, but a quick search can actually reveal a different side to the 'bay. Many private sellers post industrial components as a buy it now type listing, therefore bypassing the auction format all together.

Take a moment and browse the eBay listings since they are always changing...

5. No positive results? explore other options... If your particular solenoid is ultimately deemed obsolete and unavailable, you'll need to take the next path of least resistance. This may be upgrade or update your equipment with newer components. The good news is that your machinery or industrial equipment will most likely not need complete re-engineering or a top-to-bottom overhaul to accomodate new components. Adjustments to your system are possible when there is no other choice.


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We also offer free industrial classified ad system complete with a category designed for want ads. We strongly encourage those with individual parts for sale, specifically new or vintage solenoids, to list them at OI. Ad creation takes only a few minutes and is free of charge.

Those requiring an odd part or obsolete industrial component can place a want ad just as easily, again, with no charge or fee. The OI ad system is at your disposal. Place want ads here, list your individual parts here, or post a listing for your company here.


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