Manufacturing is not what it used to be.
in the old days, big firms sold very expensive machines to factory owners who used them for a long time to make and sell expensive products.
First, Upgrading equipment now involves as much digital information control as it does machine tooling. One effect — you can more easily use older machines for new tasks, if you can get a controller upgrade (a new machine brain). Over time, the big machine sellers may not be able to keep up with the advances in programming.
Second – the length of time that a given factory configuration will generate profit is getting shorter. Why? Because markets are moving faster and that movement will accelerate more. The end result — it makes less sense to invest in a hugely expensive build out. It makes more sense to invest in things that can be moved around and bought and sold or leased.
So here is a nice compact Heglaloader at work
How much does it cost new? How much would it cost used? And how much would a controller upgrade cost? All good questions. Want to know more? Let me know.