Automation Technology Evolves 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.