Linak Actuator - Failed to Start Error


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This error is reported when the actuator fails to start. There are many issues that can cause this, including:  


Resolving the Error

You won't be able to schedule the Bay until the error is cleared.

Lost Position

You can identify if the actuator has lost its position from the Actual Position it's showing on Monitor. Go to the Monitor card of the actuator and click on the 'Summary' field:

This will expand into a graph and you'll be able to see the Actual Position of the actuator. If the position is 3276.6 mm, the actuator has lost its position. In other words, the actuator no longer knows what position it's at, and it will need to be initialised.


The Initialise command is found in the cog menu of the Monitor Card. 



Initialising the actuator will leave it in a fully retracted state ('Open' for iRisers, while 'Closed' for iLifters). So, you may want to Close the actuator after initialisation. This action is also found in the cog menu of the Monitor Card.



Communications Timed Out

If the Failed to Start error is accompanied by Communications Timed Out error, it is possible that the wiring between the actuator and C3 is loose or damaged. Check if the wires and cables are connected securely to the field unit and Linak Actuator. Also check for any damage, shorts, pinching, etc. 

If a wiring issue has been found and fixed, run the actuator to remove the error. The action is found in the cog menu of the Monitor Card.





Low Voltage Error

This error is due to low voltage on the power supply, which indicates the actuator is drawing more current than the field unit can support. There are a number of likely causes for this, which are described in detail in this article.


Water Ingress

If the Failed to Start error keeps occurring, it is likely the actuator has been contaminated with water. As a result, it will fail to operate and will need to be replaced. 

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