Perspective: Should older manufacturing plants repair, replace, or reinvent?

By Andrew Strong for

Jul 26, 2016

As technology advances, the performance gap between modern, state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities and older production plants becomes increasingly apparent.

Older manufacturing systems reflect technology and market conditions at the time when they were built, relying on experienced operators and maintenance teams, manual adjustments and post-production quality checks. Increasingly, we witness those older plants suffering from comparatively poor utilization, production throughput and yields; these factors and their impacts on operating costs reduce the ability of the manufacturer to compete effectively.

For these systems, a smaller investment can offer the prospect of increased manufacturing performance through science-led engineering and some carefully selected novel process monitoring and optimization.

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