There are so many factors to consider when determining whether to upgrade an older plastics injection molding machine or replace it with a new one. Can you afford the cost of replacement? How about the downtime? How long is an older machine expected to last?
It’s a big decision. And there’s a lot of information available on the pros and cons of both options. But over time, the importance of these factors can change.
Currently, one of processors’ top concerns is finding and keeping qualified employees. Training workers to operate a machine is expensive and time-consuming, especially if they don’t stick around long. And suppose you have machines of varying ages that require employees to adapt to very different controls depending on which machine they’re operating at the time?