Modernising existing plants
There are two major driving forces for investing in an existing old plant: Either the plant no longer meets current safety requirements and has been negatively affected by the risk assessment of the machinery, or the plant is no longer economically viable in its current state because the failure rates are too high or the general performance is too low. For particularly old plants, the lack of availability of spare parts can also be an effective incentive.
In all cases, retrofitting is only carried out if it makes economic sense to restore the old plant back to the state-of-the-art. Retrofitting must win out over a new acquisition in a cost/benefit calculation and must not represent too high a value for the return on investment. Retrofitting is generally of particular interest if the mechanics of the old plant retain a high proportion of the plant value and are still in good condition. In most cases, the electrical control system including safety components will generally need to be replaced.
Advantages of retrofitting
In general we offer the renewal or improvement of both the mechanical and the electrical designs. Whilst repairs and performance increases are the main focus of the mechanical design, the electrical design is not only about safety but also about ease-of-use.
In this way, as well as easier operation via touchscreen or similar, considerably more operating data can be recorded electronically. This not only makes things easier for the workers, but also provides essential information for more precise calculation or for predictive maintenance. The recording of process data for tracking or quality assurance of the components can also be retrofitted in this way. A further advantage, especially compared to a new acquisition, is that the workers can continue working with the system they are already familiar with, meaning the training phase is virtually eliminated.
Let our experts advise you in this regard! We will ensure that you are able to achieve more effective results in just a few steps than before the remoulding process, regardless of the product in your company!