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Fromm's Arcade School
October 26-30, 2016
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A course outline is HERE
January 23-27, 2017
Randy Fromm's Arcade
School is a program for amusement machine repair, with special
emphasis on repairing power supplies and monitors down to the component
you are interested in holding an Arcade School in your city, please
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This is a
“fast-track” class for game technicians, who want to learn the quick
and easy way to fix monitors and power supplies without having to learn
a lot of electronic theory or mathematics.
$895 per person Includes:
- Soldering Kit
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL-SAVE $100 if you
register one month before the start of class.
One - Beginning Electronics for Amusement Technicians
start off by taking
a simple, NO MATH look at electronics. No previous knowledge of
electronics is required. We'll take a quick peek at atomic theory and
define some electronics terminology but we'll quickly move on to the
practical world of electronics troubleshooting and repair.
a Digital Multimeter - The DMM is the single most important piece
of test equipment you can use. You'll learn how to use the meter to
make the tests and measurements necessary for fixing all types of
Diagrams - Schematic diagrams are the blueprints for electronic
circuits. Learning to interpret schematic diagrams is a natural part
of the school. Schematic symbols and diagrams are used throughout the
course so students become familiar with them.
inside and how does it all work?
Troubleshooting of Machine “Issues”
it moves, it breaks.
Switches, Continuity, etc.
and socket replacement-Crimp Tools-Pin extractors
up your repair shop
Your Distributor Can Do For You
that you just have to be able to do for yourself. That's why you're
here. However, your distributor is a vital part of your successful
operation. There are many occasions when you will rely on your
distributor's service department to back you up with replacement
parts and technical services or maybe just some advice. Now that we
know what's inside the machines and how it all works together, we can
take a look at what your distributor offers in the way of parts and
Two - Electronic Components Including Diodes, Transistors & Other
Transistor Test Lab
you ready to take the
next step? Now that we know what all of the sub-assemblies do, lets
see how easy it is to fix things down to the component level when we
experience a failure in something like a power supply or monitor.
Components - All of the individual components used in amusement
machines are introduced. Parts such as resistors, potentiometers and
capacitors are covered individually. Students learn how the
components function in the circuits and how to test them for proper
operation using the digital multimeter and ESR meter.
failures are common problems when fixing power supplies, audio
amplifiers and other gear. This part of the school takes a look at
all of the different types of semiconductors commonly seen in
amusement machines. We’ll take a look at the operation of each
component, along with testing procedures to determine if the part is
good or bad. Students will have ample opportunities to practice their
testing skills during the hands-on transistor lab. Replacement
components will also be discussed.
Three - Soldering
Removal and Replacement” is a better term for this segment as that
is what will we do to repair printed circuit boards. The ability to
solder quickly and accurately is the most important skill a
technician can possess. During this segment, each student will be
provided with their own soldering iron, solder and desoldering
supplies as well as an educational soldering practice kit and an
extremely useful component tester kit (tests capacitor ESR as well as
identifying and testing semiconductors). This equipment will be
theirs to keep. This is the most fun thing we do in the class!
Four - (Morning Session)
supplies are at the heart of all electronic systems and power supply
failure is common in all of them. Amusements are certainly not
immune. It is not uncommon for an amusement machine, jukebox or bill
changer to have a half dozen power supplies working together. This
session covers all types of power supplies, including linear power
supplies and Switched-Mode Power Supplies.
Four - (Afternoon Session)
Monitor repair is generally pretty easy thanks to their modular
design. This segment covers the theory of operation of LCD monitors.
There will be a presentation on the repair techniques including CCFL
backlight testing and replacement with LED backlighting.
for the four-day class is $895. This includes a digital multimeter,
soldering iron and supplies, a small collection of hand tools, textbook
and other classroom supplies such as sample components.
what some Arcade School graduates have to say:
Big Blue Book
Today I was repairing
a k7000 that had me stumped, as usual I found the answer in my big blue
book. I can't tell you how many times I reference your book when
repairing monitors. It has never let me down yet. I have hundreds of
dollars invested in test equipment, but the most valuable tool is your
big blue book.
I'm off to finish my repair just thought
I would let you know how much I appreciate your technical ability.
Ottawa School of ARCADE Thanks!
From: "Charles M
Hello my name is Charlie
Fleck. I attended your school in Ottawa, IL. Employed
by M and M Vending and Amusement of Macomb, IL. Thought I'd
drop you a line to let you know your class helped me
tremendously. M and M is a very big amusement operation where
there are plenty of monitors to be fixed daily. Before I attended
your class we had 82 broken monitors sitting around. On average
we have 2 to 3 go down a week. I couldn't imagine learning how to
fix them in 1 weeks time I was assured I would from my boss. You
gave me the basics and I read your book over and over till it almost
turned black from all the crud on my fingers from those monitors but I
thank you for the enjoyment I get out of fixing them and I'm sure my
boss would thank you for all the money he's saving $80 to $100 a
monitor with shipping. Did convince my boss Mike Paisley to buy
cr7000 sencore rejuvenator which fixed appoximately 20 of them but I
couldn't live without it just using it to test them tells me in 1
minute if the color problem is in the board or the tube. Will
quickly let you know what I've fixed since the 4 mos. that I attended
your school. 90 plus monitors around 12 of them being 25" to
27", 9 megatouchs new models and old, and can't
forget Dad's 1981 25" Zenith TV. Just knowing how to read the
schematics has helped me fix numerous old arcade games that everyone
seems to want instead of new.
Thanks Again Thought You'd Enjoy The Praise Of
Thank you for a fresh start.
"Jason Amato" <email@example.com>
I attended your arcade school during September,
2001 at Brady Distributing. I flew in from Tampa that week to take your
course and it was well worth it. I have moved from a miserable,
warehouse manager position to become head technician for All Brands
This was my first week on the job and I am
loving every minute of it. I have already repaired four Cougar dart
machines, three jukeboxes, and a Golden Tee Golf game. I never knew
work could be this much fun!
My assistant will be attending your Orlando
class in December. I have already told him what to expect from you as a
teacher. He is looking froward to the experience.
I was really impressed with
After twenty years fixing
avionics in the Navy and then three years with Dale
at Disney, the two days with you were the most educational. If the
would have been training techs to actually fix things (like you do)
of some kind of ersatz engineers, my life and career would have most
been more enjoyable.
Kudos, keep cranking out good
I now have $300.00 worth of
repairable power supplies instead of $300.00 worth of throw away power
Grap - Great Games
I highly recommend it to all
people in the video business.
Eason - Namco Operations
I really enjoyed this class. I
was able to learn more than I did in six months of technical school.
Crowl - All American Amusements
I recommend this school for any
operator or technician, no matter how long you have been in the
Martin - Wanda’s Amusements
Randy Fromm’s Arcade School has been educating coin-op
technicians since 1980.