Retrofitting is developing at a full speed in the manufacturing industry. As the competition in the sector is razor-thin, every way to save operational spendings is pretty valuable, so turning to implement it in a clever fashion.
The representatives of manufacturing companies should put a tremendous effort into improving their production lines in order to optimise their production and reduce costs.
Any downtime brings heavy losses to the factories, so manufacturers consider the large volumes components, their interoperability and plenty of factors in between.
In this blog post, we’ve decided to have a closer look at retrofitting in smart manufacturing. We will try to figure out how beneficial it could be for the industry in whole, what barriers it faces while being implemented.
As a software development company, we will explore the connections of retrofitting with the domains we are keen on the Industrial Internet of Things, machine learning and predictive maintenance.
We would also have a look at how deep retrofitting is applicable for saving energy in the buildings.
Retrofitting and Smart Factories: Benefits (Examples Inside)
As we’ve already mentioned, smart manufacturing aka ‘Industry 4.0’ is tightly connected with the concepts of predictive maintenance. To be precise, solutions developed in these domains help the ideas of retrofitting in their existence.
Purchasing new machines in line with the new smart technologies is way too expensive and is not practical especially for small and medium manufacturing companies. This is where retrofitting is a perfect fit
Smart factory retrofit solutions enable an old machine or system to get access to new technologies. The details can be installed on an old machine or a particular part can be replaced with a new part with improved features.
When a machine or system is retrofitted, acts as a smart machine and it generates plenty of data. This data is being gathered for the analysis. Implementing the ideas based on this data improves the productivity and efficiency of the machine’s work as well as increases total lifespan of the machine and reduces the amount spent on the machine’s maintenance.
Quite a list of benefits:
- Huge cost savings
- Faster recovery after maintenance breaks
- Reduced number of errors/quality deviations in the production
- Increased safety at the factory
- Valuable analytics that helps to prevent downtime
Here is a look at the real-life examples.
Bosch installed its IoT (internet of things) gateway on a 300-kg cast-iron lathe, the production of which starts in the 19th century.