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Industrial facilities require state-of-the-art equipment in order to maintain optimal efficiency and survive in a competitive industrial landscape. However, over time as technology advances, or simply due to age and disrepair, equipment begins to become obsolete. When that happens, a company may opt to replace the equipment completely or they may decide to perform a retrofit. If a retrofit is done it is extremely beneficial to have an engineer on hand to oversee the project.

Engineers Have In-Depth Knowledge About Industrial Machinery for Retrofits

Retrofits are often a much less costly solution than full-scale upgrades and replacements; however, in order to get the most value from the process, it is imperative to have an in-depth understand of the equipment. By the nature of their professions, industrial engineers are extremely familiar with a wide variety of different industrial equipment, from everything to the design of the machinery to how to optimize and improve it. Industrial engineers also possess a big-picture, exhaustive knowledge of engineering concepts that can help them hone in on key areas of improvements during a retrofit. Together, these skills help companies maximize the success and value of their retrofit.

Engineers Know How to Increase the Efficiency and Productivity of Retrofits

Efficiency and productivity are always a key concern for industrial equipment and are typically what one of the primary factors that motivates a company to consider a retrofit. Even equipment that is still operating reliably and running to specs, may benefit from a retrofit. Engineers can help evaluate the equipment and determine if it would benefit from a retrofit. Engineers are also experts at spotting inefficiencies and problems that can result in decreased productivity or quality.

Engineers Can Also Assist with Industrial Maintenance

Industrial engineers have a wide range of skills that enable them to assist on a range of different duties including industrial maintenance. While some engineers may be focused on handling equipment malfunctions, or retrofits, other engineers may be focused on keeping equipment in peak condition so that it can function at optimal performance levels. Industrial engineers who focus on industrial maintenance will typically be able to assist with the following:

  • Developing overall maintenance strategies
  • Providing expert guidance for company maintenance programs
  • Advising on maintenance schedules
  • Designing, customizing, and installing equipment
  • Consulting with maintenance teams
  • Monitoring the performance of equipment
  • Reviewing and troubleshooting equipment malfunctions

Engineers have a varied set of skills and perform many different essential and support functions. When technical problems prove particularly difficult to handle, engineers are often the primary source of support. Engineers may also consult with industrial facilities on a case-by-case basis even if they are not permanently on-staff.

Quality Engineering Improves Industry Equipment and Retrofits

High quality industrial engineering improves the productivity, efficiency, and output quality of industrial equipment at plants, factories, and other industrial facilities. These experts can generate effective solutions to address a host of industrial problems and foster greater productivity at the facility. This is particularly true during times of retrofits and equipment upgrades. Polaris offers industry-leading engineering and consulting services and is committed to helping our clients reap the maximum benefit from their retrofits or upgrades.

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