Reverse engineering is a simple concept that involves reproducing products or systems after closely examining their composition or construction. The process though can be extremely complex as it often involves engineers who are not familiar with the products or systems taking a machine, device, assembly component, or an entire assembly line to pieces to analyze exactly how it was made and how it works.
Reverse engineering is required in many different situations. For instance, it may be used when or if:
- An existing system or part must be interfaced with another, possibly new system.
- Software needs upgrading or improving, and engineers aren’t certain of the state of existing software. Motivation may also be driven by a need to ensure that the system will comply with functional and security requirements.
- There is a need to document the design, production abilities, operation, or maintenance elements of a system. Often this is the case when the designers responsible for the development of a system are no longer available to make changes or improvements to it, particularly if it was made by an original equipment manufacturer (OEM).
- Integrated circuits have become obsolete and are no longer available. Reverse engineering may be used to extract data from an existing chip that can then be redesigned using newer technology and tools.
- There are bugs in a software system, and these need to be fixed because the company that created the software no longer supports it.
- A system or part of it can be repurposed.
- A company wants to analyze what its competitors are doing.
Reverse Engineers at MESH Automation
Whether you need to reverse engineer or redesign an equipment part, an entire machine or a process, MESH Automation engineers have the experience and resources to handle your engineering, fabrication, and sourcing challenges.
Our in-house manufacturing operation allows us to be flexible so we can meet your scheduling and delivery goals. Furthermore, our engineering capabilities and experience in machine control, software, and instrumentation give us the edge when it comes to machine and process control.
Redesigning your equipment can increase capacity, reliability, and throughput. Here are some scenarios where reverse engineering a component or process could be the best solution for your operation:
- The OEM is out of business.
- The OEM’s shipping schedule is too long or the price is over-valued.
- A process or part needs improvement in performance, features or controls.
- A process or machine has components that cannot be sourced locally causing excessive downtime when a breakdown occurs.
- Lack of data coming from the machine or process to manage the business.
- Existing machine control is no longer supported by the OEM, which has resulted in difficulty finding spare parts or technical services.
Reverse engineering projects MESH Automation has completed successfully have involved work on various different platforms including:
- Rockwell SLC, PLC 2 and PLC5 to ControLogix platform
- Siemens S5 to S7 platform
- Other platform upgrades using Omron, Mitsubishi, Modicon and Fanuc
Contact us today to see if we can help improve and overhaul your old, tired or unsupported machine or process.