Retrofitting the control technology – an economic alternative

Retrofitting the control technology – an economic alternative

Why Retrofit?

Quite often older machines are in good condition from a mechanical point of view, but either the control or drive system is no longer at the cutting edge of technology. In those cases, retrofit ensures an increase of product quality and disposability of the facility. It reduces the downtime and allows the rise of the machining cycle. Legal requirements regarding operational safety and reduction of emissions may also play a role.

Which measures can be taken?

The replacement of dated parts with modern technology brings machines back up to date. Undertaken measures can for instance be the replacement of hardware modules, the retrofitting of automation technology, the integration of the machine into an automated production facility, the replacement of raw materials or measures to increase the energy efficiency.

What are the advantages?

The main advantage for the operator of the facility is the increase of productivity at lower costs compared to purchasing a new machine. No authorisation procedure is required. In addition, no costs for a new baseplate accrue since the already existing stable machine base can be used. Only little work has to be put into the training of the staff and the supply of spare parts can be ensured for a long period of time. An additional advantage is the extension of warranty.

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