More profitability, efficiency and performance: A retrofit offers many advantages in warehouse modernization. The replacement of obsolete components instead of a complete new installation is often the better solution when it comes to bringing existing systems back up to date. We reveal why new is not necessarily always better.In many industries, intralogistics has developed into an important economic factor.

Whether in the food or pharmaceutical industry, in courier or express service providers, in automobile production, in retail or e-commerce - the entire organization of a company often depends on logistical processes. To ensure that these also function in the long term, existing conveyor systems should be modernized at regular intervals. A retrofit can offer some advantages.

Productivity up, costs down

If you want to increase the productivity, performance and efficiency of your warehouse, a retrofit is a good idea. At the same time, more modern components result in significant energy savings, as the power consumption of older systems is usually no longer up to date. Existing processes and flows of goods can thus be adapted to current requirements or new legal requirements (e.g. hygiene regulations in the food or pharmaceutical industry).

A retrofit thus creates the fundamental foundation for the long-term success of a company without having to shoulder the considerable costs of a complete new building. The costs incurred also pay for themselves very quickly, as a modernised warehouse increases throughput times and availability.

Agile response to change

Those who want to remain competitive in the long term must be able to adapt quickly to changing conditions. But new business fields or a strategic reorientation can also be reasons for modernizing warehouses.

Let's take e-commerce as an example: In order to cope with a sudden or constantly increasing demand, a well scalable business model is needed. And even the ever smaller order quantities at ever higher order frequencies quickly push old intralogistics systems to their limits. Retrofitting gives companies the opportunity to flexibly scale the performance of their warehouse - without having to incur immense expense.

Small steps to the big goal

As the saying goes: Great goals are achieved in small steps. A true motto that can also be applied to a company's intralogistics processes: At shorter intervals, smaller modernization steps contribute significantly more to the service life, productivity and value retention of an intralogistics system than would a complete new building or larger conversion measures.

Less staff training required

Man is a creature of habit - big changes are usually unpleasant for him. Although this is a pity, because change always brings opportunities per se, routine is an advantage in a retrofit: your own employees have been working with the existing system for a long time and are very familiar with it. In the case of a modernization, they only have to get used to certain function extensions or learn them anew. In the case of a completely new installation, on the other hand, the effort involved in training one's own personnel would be enormous.

Modernization without downtime

A retrofit does not automatically cause downtime. Through clever planning, experienced providers are able to carry out the measures completely without or with as little downtime as possible. In addition, warehouse modernization is carried out step-by-step and precisely orchestrated during operation. And compared to a complete new building, the time required is much less anyway.

Secure spare parts supply

What about the supply of spare parts when plants have been in operation for a long time? Maybe even special maintenance or service contracts are slowly expiring? Now, at the latest, it is time to replace obsolete components to ensure the supply of spare parts and not to risk a collapse. Perhaps even more favourable service conditions can be negotiated in the course of this?

Simple retrofit thanks to modular concept

When it is high time to act, one should obtain an investment calculation with all parameters for decision support pro or contra retrofit. In the best case, with the help of external service providers and system integrators who are familiar with the matter. With its modular conveyor platform MCP, Interroll offers an approach that offers plenty of scope for flexibility during a retrofit. Thanks to the modular concept, the individual modules are perfectly matched to one another and can be easily combined with one another.

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