Retrofitting: The 5 Benefits of Improving Your Manufacturing Process
Like the Great Wall of China, industrial machinery is built to last. In fact, facilities continue to depend on production equipment that’s quite possibly decades old. It’s safe to say legacy equipment is deeply rooted in the manufacturing world.
Yet no matter how robust your equipment is, without upgrading (or replacing) it with new capabilities it will quickly fall behind your state-of-the-art competitors. Fortunately, to reap the benefits of new technology, it’s not necessary to “clear the floor” and replace your equipment from the ground up. Retrofitting equipment is a way to save on capital expenditures while benefitting from new technologies. This is good news, particularly for small and medium companies who are unlikely to be able to afford a complete overhaul with new equipment.
From adding a connected sensor to a motor to replacing older components with new, more advanced equipment, to integrating robotics onto the established line – retrofitting is a great way to dive into the world of automation.