Webster’s Dictionary defines the word “retrofit” as installing new or modified parts or equipment in something previously manufactured or constructed. Lots of things can be retrofitted or rebuilt. From vintage cars and houses with history to energy systems, infrastructure and aircraft, the demand to extend the life of an item or structure and increase its performance is stronger than ever.
Albert Einstein defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.” It can sometimes seem that way in manufacturing. Take coordinate measuring machines. Everyone is looking to improve throughput for parts inspection. However - is purchasing a new CMM the only way to get there? Many CMM manufacturers (OEMs) will say "yes." We say that new isn’t always better. Retrofitting or upgrading an existing CMM are also effective options. Some OEMs offer all three - new, retrofit or upgrade - and making an informed choice can lead to results that boost your bottom line. Let's take a closer look at the three choices.
Remember the Maytag Repairman? He emerged in television commercials during the 1960s as the loneliest man in town - because the appliances never broke down. Nowadays people are more likely to sigh and wistfully say, "They sure don’t make them like they used to." Statistics show that Americans replace their cell phones every two years. Computers can be expected to last at least three years but experts tell you not to push your luck past five. And if you do happen to be in the market for a new appliance like a washing machine, you’ll find the Maytag Repairman is now the Maytag Man - with a new job! Instead of sitting in a deserted shop setting, commercials now feature him taking the place of a downed appliance and performing its tasks until the equipment can be fixed.