Facilities and Equipment
A wide range of facilities is used across the product lifecycle. And there’s an even wider range of equipment. In addition to equipment used during the production phase of the lifecycle, such as a stamping machine to make car body parts, or a milling machine to machine turbine blades, or an oven to heat plastics, equipment is also used at other times in a product’s life. Rapid prototyping equipment is used in product development to produce accurate physical prototypes directly from a CAD model. Measuring equipment is used to measure the wear of products in test and in use. Robots disassemble products when they get to end-of-life.