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CMM Retrofit

CMM Retrofit

What Retrofitting Is & Why You Need It

Fortunately for businesses that invest in CMM equipment, CMM hardware is built to last. Though the initial cost of investment in a new or refurbished machine may be high, the actual structure of the machine is pretty durable, giving decades of use and a great ROI with the right maintenance.

However, in many ways CMM technology is advancing rapidly. Just over the past few years we have seen huge changes in inspection techniques, production methodologies and operator skill sets to name but a few. Plus advancements in software, probing equipment and electronic controllers.

The result is that a typical CMM is unlikely to physically wear out before it simply becomes obsolete. In fact, some types of CMM technology, such as controllers and software, could be obsolescent in as little as three years. It would be madness to purchase a full replacement CMM every few years, so what is the alternative? The answer is retrofitting.

Retrofitting involves selectively replacing and modernising key equipment to improve a CMM’s accuracy and productivity, while leaving the structural components intact.

Why Retrofit?

Businesses choose to retrofit old CMM equipment for various reasons. This may be due to wear and tear, loss of accuracy or simply due to high maintenance costs. Your scales and reader head encoders may have become damaged or your old electronics may not be compatible with newer motors, or your controller may have become obsolete.

A retrofit can be reactive, in response to a mechanical fault, or it can be proactive to increase the capabilities of an older machine.

Candidates for retrofits are often in the final third of their working life cycle, but this is not always the case. Some businesses choose to retrofit fairly new CMM’s in response to changing inspection requirements or new software releases.

A retrofit can completely transform an old CMM to meet the speed, productivity, accuracy and efficiency demands of a modern business – plus many other benefits. A retrofit can add brand-new functionality to increase its versatility and value. In this guide we will look at how this is possible and the way we approach retrofitting at Status.

Advantages Of Retrofitting

Retrofit your CMM in order to:

  • Lower your maintenance costs
  • Extend the working life of an old machine
  • Repair broken components
  • Reduce cycle time
  • Increase reliability
  • Restore accuracy to an old machine
  • Reduce downtime
  • Provide a stopgap solution until you can invest in additional equipment
  • Take advantage of advanced metrology software
  • Increase inspection capacity
  • Reduce training requirements
  • Take on more varied measurements
  • Increase automation options
  • Increase operational efficiency
  • Lower running costs and maintenance requirements
  • Comply with new industry standards or legislation
  • Reduce staff requirements / costs

As you can see, there are dozens of reasons you might want to retrofit your machine and an equal number of potential benefits. In short, the goal of a retrofit is to transform a little used, unreliable, obsolete or difficult to use machine into a dependable, fully operable, upgradable, easy-to-use asset for your business.

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