Retro­fit

For many exist­ing indus­tri­al sys­tems, a retro­fit can be a much bet­ter alter­na­tive to a new pur­chase. By replac­ing old soft­ware and hard­ware com­po­nents and adding new and secure tech­nolo­gies, we bring your machines back up to the state of the art and increase your pro­duc­tiv­i­ty so that you too are fit for the require­ments of Indus­try 4.0.

How­ev­er, it is not only the eco­nom­ic aspects that play a role for us when retro­fitting your machines, the eco­log­i­cal aspects are also of great impor­tance. We take great plea­sure in reduc­ing CO2 emis­sions, low­er­ing ener­gy con­sump­tion and mak­ing pro­duc­tion more sustainable.

We offer the indi­vid­ual retro­fitting of your pro­duc­tion plant as a com­plete pack­age with sup­port for con­cept devel­op­ment, assis­tance with spec­i­fi­ca­tions, analy­sis and recal­cu­la­tion. We not only inte­grate your machines secure­ly into the dig­i­tal world, but also con­vert them to ener­gy-effi­cient dri­ves, mod­ern­ize the elec­tri­cal and con­trol sys­tems and sup­port you with the require­ments of the haz­ard analy­sis and the con­ver­sion of tech­ni­cal safety.

With our com­plete or step-by-step retro­fit, you avoid sig­nif­i­cant­ly high­er costs for a new pur­chase, have only short pro­duc­tion down­times and pro­mote a con­sid­er­able increase in qual­i­ty. We expand the func­tion­al­i­ty and per­for­mance of your sys­tems and machines and increase safe­ty in the entire work­ing envi­ron­ment. Once the project has been suc­cess­ful­ly com­plet­ed, you will receive the new con­trol sys­tem soft­ware as well as all cer­tifi­cates and documentation.

Our promise
  • Inte­gra­tion of the new sys­tem into the exist­ing IT infrastructure
  • Con­ver­sion to ener­gy-effi­cient dri­ve solutions
  • Expan­sion & mod­ern­iza­tion of the con­trol system
  • Haz­ard analy­sis and safe­ty-relat­ed conversion
  • Visu­al­iza­tion and record­ing of machine and ener­gy data
  • Turnkey: every­thing from a sin­gle source, includ­ing elec­tri­cal and mechan­i­cal installation
  • Cross-indus­try expe­ri­ence of our experts
    • Retro­fit in spe­cial machine construction
    • Retro­fit press
    • Retro­fit hard­en­ing system
    • Retro­fit winder
REF­ER­ENCE PROJECTS

You can find a cur­rent exam­ple of a retro­fit in our ref­er­ence projects:

Quality Automation – Success Story – Retrofit einer Nadelmaschine zur Filzverarbeitung
Retro­fit of a needling machine for felt processing 

The com­plete mod­ern­iza­tion of a needling machine from 1980 was intend­ed to bring it up to the lat­est state of the tech­nol­o­gy. By replac­ing out­dat­ed soft­ware and hard­ware with con­tem­po­rary tech­nolo­gies and adding new com­po­nents and stan­dards, the ben­e­fits of a retro­fit were ful­ly exploited.

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Your economic advantages at a glance

  • Low­er invest­ment costs than when pur­chas­ing a new machine
  • Mod­ern­iza­tion in the short­est pos­si­ble time thanks to opti­mal preparation
  • Very low pro­duc­tion downtimes
  • Increased work safe­ty on the machine
  • Expan­sion of the sys­tem’s functionality
  • Increase in quality
  • Increase in performance
  • Seam­less mon­i­tor­ing of process data such as tem­per­a­ture, pres­sure and vibration
  • New pos­si­bil­i­ties in pre­ven­tive maintenance
  • Auto­mat­ic con­trol of process lim­it values
  • Holis­tic traceability

In addi­tion to the eco­nom­ic ben­e­fits of dig­i­tal­ly mod­ern­iz­ing your sys­tems and machines through retro­fitting, eco­log­i­cal require­ments such as the reduc­tion of CO2 emis­sions, low­er ener­gy con­sump­tion and improved sus­tain­abil­i­ty will become increas­ing­ly impor­tant in the future. Through more effec­tive per­for­mance, improved work­flows and a reduc­tion in ener­gy costs, we can make your pro­duc­tion more sus­tain­able and of high­er quality.

Your ecological advantages at a glance

  • More sus­tain­able pro­duc­tion through mod­ern­iza­tion instead of pur­chas­ing a new machine
  • Reduc­tion of ener­gy costs through more advanced dri­ve systems
  • Ener­gy mon­i­tor­ing through high­er-lev­el connection
  • Replace­ment of old hydraulic units with new ser­vo applications
  • Auto­mat­ic shut­down of non-sys­tem-rel­e­vant com­po­nents dur­ing downtime
  • Pro­mot­ing the sus­tain­abil­i­ty of your com­pa­ny through a retrofit

Unleash the full potential of your data

Thanks to the col­lab­o­ra­tion between our experts in automa­tion tech­nol­o­gy and our appli­ca­tion devel­op­ment depart­ment, we can give you a deci­sive com­pet­i­tive edge by incor­po­rat­ing your process exper­tise and expe­ri­ence through high­ly pro­fes­sion­al data min­ing. Use mod­ern web inter­faces to mon­i­tor your com­plete sys­tem para­me­ters, includ­ing lim­it val­ues, warn­ings and push noti­fi­ca­tions, by means of infor­ma­tive visu­al­iza­tions. Still miss­ing data? No prob­lem: a sen­sor installed quick­ly and eas­i­ly by us or extend­ed com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the con­trol sys­tem often pro­vides the addi­tion­al para­me­ters with­out any problems.

If a stan­dard­ized and rule-based analy­sis of the process data is not suf­fi­cient and the com­plex­i­ty exceeds a cer­tain lev­el, we offer you the oppor­tu­ni­ty to work with us to inte­grate an AI-sup­port­ed approach into your exist­ing soft­ware. We work close­ly with the rel­e­vant providers to ensure opti­mal and effi­cient data exchange. Enclosed you can see a uni­ver­sal IT infra­struc­ture frame­work devel­oped by us as part of the IRLe­QuM research project, which shows how dif­fer­ent data sources and for­mats can be aggre­gat­ed and made avail­able for AI analy­sis. The imports of the data sources are our in-house devel­op­ments. Thanks to our cross-divi­sion­al exper­tise, we can not only han­dle the clas­sic soft­ware for­mats, but also imple­ment com­mu­ni­ca­tion with pro­gram­ma­ble log­ic con­trollers from all manufacturers.

Do you already have soft­ware or an appli­ca­tion that is out­dat­ed or no longer offers the desired func­tion­al­i­ties? Here too, you can ben­e­fit from the knowl­edge of our expe­ri­enced soft­ware devel­op­ers. We will ana­lyze your exist­ing soft­ware on site and offer you var­i­ous options for restor­ing it to a main­tain­able and mod­ern state.

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Consulting
Consulting 

One of our great­est strengths is our wide-rang­ing expert knowl­edge, which enables us to find the best automa­tion solu­tion for your sys­tem, inde­pen­dent of man­u­fac­tur­er and industry-wide.

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Retrofit
Retrofit 

For many exist­ing plants, a retro­fit can be the sig­nif­i­cant­ly bet­ter alter­na­tive to a new acquisition.

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Project procedure 

We focus on a holis­tic approach and accom­pa­ny you from project plan­ning to com­plete inte­gra­tion or instal­la­tion — worldwide.

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