Digital retrofitting breathes new life into old factories

12/3/2010 | American Machinist

Cash-strapped companies are using digital retrofitting techniques to convert other companies' unused factories into facilities suitable for their own production processes. Software allows designers to enter the measurements of a given building or structure and create a virtual simulation to establish how new processes and machinery can be shoe-horned into the existing space. "When time is money and deadlines are non-negotiable, retrofitting an old factory is a relatively quick way to meet process-intensive goals," notes Patrick Michel.

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