3 Ways A Manufacturer Can Benefit From Reverse Engineering
As a manufacturer, having equipment break down can mean you suffer delays to shipments or even end up cancelling whole production lines. Usually, parts can simply be replaced by contacting the original manufacturer (OEM), but what if they no longer operate or provide replacement parts? That's where reverse engineering can help.
What Is Reverse Engineering?
Reverse engineering is the process of deconstructing and understanding how a piece of machinery or equipment works without having the original instructions and data to hand. It is done using scanners, lasers, portable coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) and computer-aided design (CAD)/computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) processes to get an accurately measured replica of the original. The task is then to rebuild the design with this knowledge.
3 Benefits For Manufacturers Of Reverse Engineering
1. Keep Things Moving
When the parts in your machinery eventually break down and need repairing or replacement, it can mean long delays, lost revenue and even lost clients. Replacing like for like with an OEM part is the best option, but if they no longer service the market, then reverse engineering can ensure you have an accurately fitting part to ensure your production line can get back up to speed.
2. Saves Money
Of course, one of the biggest benefits of using reverse engineering is that it avoids having to purchase directly from the OEM, which tends to be more expensive. It can also help you keep your machinery working at peak performance for longer, meaning you don't need to replace your machinery any time soon and you benefit from greater efficiencies in the meantime.
3. Upgrade Your Output
Even if a part is still working, you may find that its durability or application can be improved by replacing it with a reverse-engineered part. By having a piece custom made to the spec of your machinery, you can take advantage of advancements in materials that weren't around when the machine was first designed. The results can be benefits in overall longevity and productivity without having to invest in a brand-new machine.
How Eaton Socon Engineering Can Help
At Eaton Socon Engineering, we specialise in precision engineering for a range of equipment. Utilising only the highest quality CMM, CNC, and manual engineering methods all to ISO ISO9001 quality, we are able to reverse engineer the parts for your manufacturing equipment. We offer a personal service that's unrivalled by other engineering companies to clients large and small, dealing directly with the engineer, assisting with the design and offering after-sales support. Get in touch for a quote today.
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