Machine Retrofitting Pros and Cons

When it comes to what you should do with your machine when it is getting worn or has a breakdown one of the options is machine retrofitting. Retrofitting is the process of replacing the CNC, servo, and spindle systems on a mechanically sound machine in order to increase its life span. Machine retrofits are a great way to improve your existing machine without the large investment of a new machine.

Cost Effective

Machine tools are some of the most costly pieces of equipment on the shop floor. When machinery starts to show wear and tear or break down a machine retrofit is much more cost-effective than buying an entirely new machine. It can be as low as a third of the price of a new machine. You will also save on possible foundations for the new machine, transportation or rigging as well as training personnel.

Machine Down Time

Unlike a machine replacement a retrofit does require downtime of your machine. Ideally, it is best to do this during scheduled maintenance or shutdowns to increase cost-effectiveness and avoid production loss. A proactive retrofit can be much more cost-effective and shorter than a retrofit that will occur after a machine breakdown.

Replacement Parts

As a machine nears the end of its life cycle, replacing parts can be costly or difficult to find. Before starting the retrofit process we recommend quoting the price of any parts and their current stock or time they will be in transportation. A company that specializes in machine design and retrofit can help you to discuss these options and whether a retrofit is the best option or possible with your current machinery.

Overall machine retrofitting is a great way to increase the life span of a machine and increase the energy savings, performance, and improved access to manufacturing data. It is also a great way to add new safety and safeguarding measures to your machines and procedures. For more information regarding our machine retrofitting services contact BP Automation today.