Automation Technology Evolves At An Amazing Rate
Over the course of the past 30+ years, automation technology has grown and evolved at an amazing rate. The computer chips and processors that powered the systems of the 90’s and 2000’s have been put out to pasture and replaced with more powerful technology available in today’s models. As a result, manufacturers are tasked with knowing which areas of the plant are controlled and orchestrated by old and potentially frail automation technology components. In many cases, replacement parts and technology support are no longer available from the original equipment provider and manufacturers are resorting to E-bay to obtain repaired obsolete components. The reality of limited availability at the point of failure has caused unease in the manufacturing space as it relates to obsolete technology replacement.
Based on this risk, many manufacturers have looked to mitigate their exposure and develop a plan to address the top risks in a number of manageable phases across financial periods. Avanceon, based on our extensive experience in the automation space that spans over 30 years, has the ability to provide consulting and investigation services to dig in to the automation layer, catalog the systems that exist, prioritize the impact of failure based on severity and availability of replacement parts and layout a program of upgrade over a selected duration based on impact and cost.
This Automation Check Up and Obsolescence Plan becomes a valuable tool when identifying what systems to prioritize in the capital plan and allows peace of mind to understand what risks are currently being assumed by the manufacturer and which ones are over the risk tolerance level. In addition, the plan allows for selection of upgrades and agreed pricing structure for the execution (by others, the manufacturer or Avanceon).
Plan to Execution
This offer is for Avanceon to provide our senior automation expertise to assess your current manufacturing technology obsolescence level, develop a prioritized plan and execution strategy against a fiscal plan period that the manufacturer prescribes.