Over time, every machine goes through a natural obsolescence process that affects its performance and productivity, increases the need for maintenance and the risk of serious failures.
However, you can fight obsolescence and the resulting risk of downtime thanks to targeted revamping. Marcello Zappaterra, Business Development Manager - MRO at Bonfiglioli Engineering, explains how a machine’s life can be extended through upgrades that directly impact its performance, accessibility, and productivity.
An equipment upgrade involves replacing old mechanical, electronic and/or technological components with next-generation ones, identical to those used in the company’s latest models.
This type of intervention is fundamental for equipment which is designed to last over 30 years. In a machine that is used for such a long time, both mechanical and electronic elements inevitably age. Upgrading fights obsolescence by replacing the machine’s “command center”, while modifying its characteristics as little as possible.
There are many advantages to revamping that offer concrete outcomes in both the short and long terms:
All Bonfiglioli Engineering’s packaging integrity machines are created based on customers’ needs and the characteristics of their production lines. Our revamping services are no exception. Just like the design of a new machine, equipment upgrades are customized, starting with an analysis of the machine's characteristics and performance through discussions with customers to focus on their needs and expectations. Bonfiglioli Engineering doesn’t simply provide customers with technologically advanced machines, we work with them over time to offer upgrades and advice for equipment management and maintenance, based on an intimate understanding of the machine and the needs that led to certain choices being made at the design phase of development.
An equipment upgrade is nothing more than a step further on the long journey that Bonfiglioli Engineering and the customer embark together, collaborating to determine how to intervene on the machine, and what changes to make for desired results.
In the framework of this philosophy, the upgrades Bonfiglioli Engineering offers its customers aren’t part of a pre-packaged deal, but an important moment of exchange where we inform our customers about the potential of their machine, enabling them to choose freely whether and how to intervene on it.
As has been described, the upgrade service is tailored to each customer and can be divided into different levels of intervention:
All these interventions are studied together with the customer to avoid prolonged production downtime. They play a fundamental role not only in extending the life of the machinery, but also in allowing our customers to have the most technologically advanced tools available on the market, at their call.