The Power, Efficiency, and Savings of Retrofitting Your Automation Systems

What is Retrofitting?

Retrofitting is the process of updating or upgrading existing machinery or systems to improve functionality, efficiency, and performance. Instead of investing in entirely new equipment, retrofitting allows you to leverage your existing infrastructure while incorporating modern technologies and methods. It’s a cost-effective way to enhance productivity and extend the lifespan of your automation systems.

How Will it Work for My System?

Whether you’re dealing with aging machinery or outdated control systems, retrofitting can offer solutions for both. Concept Systems specializes in evaluating your current setup, identifying areas for improvement, and designing custom retrofit solutions. From mechanical upgrades to software enhancements, our team works closely with you to ensure a seamless integration that increases the efficiency and effectiveness of your current processes.

Here are a few key components for retrofitting your automation:

  1. Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC): PLCs serve as the brain of your automation system, controlling various processes and tasks. Upgrading to the latest PLC technology allows for faster processing speeds, increased reliability, and enhanced functionality.
  2. Motion Control: Advanced motion control solutions allow for smoother operation, reduced cycle times, and improved overall performance. Modernizing your motion control infrastructure can have a positive impact on productivity and product quality.
  3. Computer Numerical Control (CNC): The latest CNC technology features multi-axis control, adaptive machining, and real-time monitoring. With improved speed, accuracy, and flexibility, modern CNC systems help manufacturers tackle complex asks with ease.

What are the Benefits?

  • Increased Efficiency: By leveraging technology and optimizing performance, retrofitting can increase productivity, reduce downtime, and improve overall efficiency.
  • Greater Flexibility: Retrofitting allows you to adapt to changing market demands and production requirements without overhauling your entire infrastructure.
  • Improved Safety: Integrating the latest safety features and protocols into your system minimizes the risk of injury or accident.
  • Cost Savings: Compared to replacing entire systems, strategic upgrades extend the lifespan of your existing equipment at significantly less cost.

So, is retrofitting a smart choice?

Absolutely. Countless industries, from automotive to food processing, have retrofitted their production systems to adapt, advance, or improve. They know that retrofitting is a cost-effective and efficient way to bring new life and capabilities to an existing infrastructure—and Concept Systems can help every step of the way.

We encourage you to review our HMI and PLC control upgrade project for the U.S. Coast Guard in which we increased reliability and safety by utilizing top of the line Rockwell Automation products in their polar ice breakers. Or visit Automation Controls to learn even more about the benefits of retrofitting, our process, and how we go about implementing the changes.