CMM Retrofits – All Your Questions Answered
There are so many factors to consider when looking to upgrade your CMM machine. We’ve answered some of our most frequently asked questions below…
Q: What alternatives are there to retrofitting?
You can choose to upgrade an old CMM. Upgrades are proactive responses to changing business requirements and can be customised to improve a desired characteristic such as energy, accuracy, speed or throughput. Upgrades are usually more selective in what they replace than a retrofitting service.
If inspection requirements have expanded dramatically, you may want to consider investing in a new or refurbished machine.
Q: How much does retrofitting cost?
Retrofitting is a tailor-made solution based on individual requirements, therefore has no standard cost. All quotes take into consideration the cost of components used, labour and training. All of our projects are quoted individually and come with full after-sales support and a warranty.
Q: Would it be cheaper to retrofit or purchase a new machine?
As a general rule of thumb, you can usually save upwards of 50% when choosing to retrofit your existing CMM rather than purchasing new, but this all depends on the age, size, and condition of the CMM you want retrofitting.
The cost of a retrofit depends on a number of factors, including the components that need changing and to what extent the capacity needs upgrading. If your machine frame is well serviced and in good condition, a retrofit can easily extend the value and working life of your machine. If your machine frame is damaged however, you may not get the full value of your retrofit.
What is important to consider is if your old machine has a measuring volume of less than 700mm as the cost of a more accurate, refurbished or new CMM may be equivalent to the cost of a retrofit. If your old CMM is in good condition, another option available to you is part-exchanging your machine for a newer machine, reducing the cost of a new investment. We can recommend the best course of action for you on a case-by-case basis.
Q: Will my CMM be more accurate or faster after the retrofit?
Retrofitting primarily targets software capability and functionality which always leads to an improvement in throughput. If you include a new controller in your retrofit, it can result in smoother cycle times with savings of up to 30%, however retrofits do not specifically target accuracy or speed. If you want to target these features specifically, it may be worth upgrading the structure of your CMM or increasing your capacity with an additional machine.
Q: What will happen to my part programs after the retrofit?
You may still be able to use your old part programs depending on the software you use and the compatibility between your old system and new system. For example, most Status retrofits allow new users to PC-DMIS to run their old programs from other software brands such as M-COSMOS, CAMIO, and CALYPSO.
You will be able to import any compatible DMIS file from your old system as well as MMIV, Tutor, and Master files. However, with some new controllers, none of your old programs may be compatible, especially if you are currently using old software.
Q: Do you offer servicing for retrofitted machines?
Yes, we offer a complete maintenance and repair service for all retrofitted CMM’s, including spare parts, calibration and breakdown cover.
Q: How much training will I need to use the machine?
This completely depends on how extensively the retrofit changes the CMM’s functions, but we provide complete training for your team with each retrofit. Our training courses are held at our regional training centres and take between 3 and 8 days.
If you have any questions further to the ones we have answered above, please do not hesitate to get in contact with us. You can call us on 0115 939 2228, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out our online enquiry form here.