Slot Tech Training

In these tight economic times, there is an easy but shortsighted way for the bean counters to save some money on operating costs—slash the training budget. There you go! That’s an additional $10,000 or more per year right off the bottom line, isn’t it? Awesome! Let’s all do that. Hey, while we’re at it, why bother with high school? That costs billions of dollars each year, doesn’t it?

You get where I am going with this, of course. You educate people so they can be productive and contribute back at the highest level possible. You educate people so they become efficient and make fewer errors. You educate people because it makes their lives easier and better. It’s no fun to struggle with something, especially when someone can show you how it works.

As an experienced technician and technical instructor, I started publishing Slot Tech Magazine in 2001 with only one goal: to help inform slot techs. That has not changed. The only reason that Slot Tech Magazine exists is to help the gaming industry’s slot techs do their job BETTER and by that I mean FASTER with FEWER MISTAKES.

THE COST OF TRAINING

With my new modular slot tech training program, you can pick and choose your training requirements for as little as $8495 for four days of classroom and hands-on training at your facility. 

THE COST OF NOT TRAINING

How can you evaluate what it costs to go without training? Certainly if you are still sending monitors and power supplies out for repair or (GASP!) purchasing replacement units without attempting to repair them yourself, you know what you are spending in a year. I don’t know how you quantify errors and time lost due to poor troubleshooting and/or configuration and programming skills. These are all problems that can be mitigated through training and that’s what Slot Tech Magazine’s team of technical instructors (me included) can do for you. 

With this approach to slot tech training, you can schedule the exact training you need, exactly when you need it, delivered right to your casino by a team of industry professionals. There is no better training available to the gaming industry.

Thanks for taking the time to read this. Please let me know what I can do for you.

Sincerely yours,
 




Randy Fromm - Publisher
Slot Tech Magazine

Here are some examples of the types of classes you can put together for your slot department.

Day One
Beginning Electronics for Slot Machine Technicians

Let's face it.  When it comes to fixing slot machines, there's a lot of stuff that you just don't need to know.  Why try to learn electronics from an engineering standpoint (the way they teach in college and technical schools) when all you need is enough electronics training to fix things?

This segment assumes that you have no previous electronics training and takes you through a simple, NO MATH look at electronic components, electronic circuits, schematic diagrams and more!  Understanding electronics is easy when you learn the basics of how circuits and components operate.

Using a Digital Multimeter
The DMM is the single most important piece of test equipment you can use.  The Casino School program shows you how to use the meter to make the tests and measurements necessary for fixing reel slots, video slots and other types of gaming machines. 

Electronic Components 
All of the individual components used in gaming 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. 

Schematic Diagrams
Schematic diagrams are the blueprints for electronic circuits.  Learning to interpret schematic diagrams is a natural part of the Casino School. The schematic symbols are used throughout the course and students become familiar with schematic diagrams throughout the class.

Day Two
Diodes, Transistors & Other Semiconductors
Hands-on Transistor Testing Lab

Semiconductors are the basis for just about everything in today's gaming equipment.  Semiconductor failures of all types are among the most common of problems you will encounter when fixing power supplies and monitors.

This part of the Casino School takes a look at all of the different types of semiconductors commonly seen in gaming 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. Never get stuck for a replacement part again!

Day Three-Morning Session
Soldering

Component removal and replacement is a better term for this segment. Good soldering technique takes practice but there are some tricks that can really help speed things along and minimize the chance of damage to the PCB. During this short segment, each student will be provided with their own soldering iron, solder and desoldering supplies and a fun construction kit (educational electronics circuitry) so they can practice to their heart’s content without fear of damage. This equipment will be theirs to keep.

Day Three-Afternoon Session
Day Four-Morning Session
Power Supplies

Power supplies are at the heart of all electronic systems and power supply failure is common in all of them. Slot machines are certainly not immune. It is not uncommon for a slot machine to have a half dozen power supplies working together. This module covers all types of power supplies, including linear power supplies and the Switched-Mode Power Supply (SMPS) found everywhere in today's slot machines.

Day Four-Afternoon Session
LCD Monitor Repair

LCD Monitor repair is generally pretty easy thanks to their modular design. This short segment covers the theory of operation of LCD monitors. There will be a presentation on the repair techniques including CCFL testing and replacement. Repair of inverter PCBs and Scalar (video) PCBs will also be covered.

Optional Day Five
"Hands-On" CRT and LCD and Power Supply Monitor Repair Laboratory

It's rewarding to put all of your training to work. The monitor lab puts your new-found skills to the test by performing actual repairs on monitors.  Naturally, if a casino has defective monitors that already require troubleshooting and repair, we will tackle those first. Students troubleshoot and repair the monitors down to the component level. During the hands-on lab, we will tackle your dead Power Supplies as well. 

I bring a large quantity of components with me, with an emphasis on the components that we commonly replace. This generally includes semiconductors, electrolytic capacitors and even CCFL replacement for LCDs. There is no extra charge for using these components to fix your equipment. PARTS ARE CHEAP! Once training is complete, sub-assemblies such as power supplies can be repaired for just a few dollars (cents, in some cases) instead of buying new units for tens or even hundreds of dollars.

Optional Day Five
Ticket Printers

Operation and repair of FutureLogic or Ithaca brand ticket printers.

Optional Day Five
JCM Bill Validator Repair 

Operation, troubleshooting and repair of JCM UBA and/or iVIZION bill validators.

By special request only as we (generally) no longer use CRT monitors
CRT Monitor Repair

This segment is less important now than in years past because CRT monitors are not as large a part of the mix in today's casinos. However, monitor repair reinforces the troubleshooting techniques that are important to all phases of electronic repair in general. In other words, if you can troubleshoot and repair CRT monitors, you can fix just about anything else you're likely to encounter.

This segment details the operation of monitors in easy-to-understand language. Each monitor circuit is discussed individually. Where possible (and it usually is) training will be on the specific brands of monitors that you operate in your own casino (Ceronix, Kortek, Wells-Gardner, Kristel, etc.). We'll look at the schematic diagrams and examine each circuit individually. Common monitor failures will be discussed, along with the symptoms that will help pinpoint the cause of the problem. Of course, monitor safety will also be discussed in this segment.

The Bottom Line

Of course, the bottom line is cost. We keep it simple. We charge per training day with a four day minimum. Quoted prices include all classroom materials for up to 15 students. This is your final price without any add-ons, extras or reimbursements required. Here is how it breaks down:

Four training days - $8995.00
Additional training day - $995.00

That’s all there is to it. When you present your training budget to the bean counters at your casino, you can be assured of the final cost. You can also be assured that you will be receiving the best training available in the gaming industry.

Contact us today to schedule your training session. Contact:
Randy Fromm - Publisher
Slot Tech Magazine
401 W. Lexington Ave. #777
El Cajon, CA  92022
tel.619.838.7111
fax.619.315.0410
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