Do you get the urge to take apart a machine or component and understand the mechanisms? Well did you know that is actually a process that businesses use to develop and innovate new components and is actually called reverse engineering.

What is reverse engineering in manufacturing?

A bit of enlightening on the subject around reverse engineering, it’s the process that organisations use when looking into how the component was made and the processes undertaken. Taking this into consideration organisations will then analyse previous steps to see how that component can be manufactured better, enhancing its effectiveness, whether it’s lighter materials or longer life span.

This process can also be used to identify how an older component has been put together and materials used so that it can be manufactured again. This process is also an important part of the product life cycle.

An overview of the steps involved in reverse engineering with the manufacturing industry are; implementation of application, design and understand the structure, analyse findings, and the final stage is to implement the improvements

The final product will resemble the previous model however the newer vision will be more efficient in its role from the analysis made.

How to reverse engineering in manufacturing?

If you’re thinking about inputting reverse engineering into your company strategy it’s important that you understand the ways in which the process is done.

Firstly you would need to find a company who provide scanning equipment or it can be completed in house. The scanning machine will be needed in order to understand each component within your product, this method would identify all the components within the product in order for you to analyse and innovate the current product. When choosing a scanning machine you need to be aware of materials, density and crucial features of your product to choose the best technology. Do you want 2D scanning or 3D?

There are many benefits of reverse engineering within manufacturing and some of these include the time and cost. In comparison reverse engineering with creating a new product there will be a huge difference in the time it would take to identify ways in which the current product can be innovated and the time it will take to create a new product. Overall it would be a much quicker process to find a way to make the product more efficient, this also wouldn’t be taking a huge chunk of your company budget.

Lab Life

This leads onto how organisations can interrupt the use of labs into this process. Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills have a metallurgy lab and sand lab which has a variety of state of the art machinery that can be used in the reverse engineering process.

There are many functions of each machine that can be useful in making your components more efficient these include: spectrometer that tests chemical compositions identifying the variety of gasses in your metal, as well as Secotom precision cutting machine that will allow you to cut into your component for inspection, or maybe you need to find out whether you materials are durable then you would use the Duramin -4, as this tests the hardness of solid materials both micro and macro.

If you would like to enquire about using our facilities for commercial or research use please contact Victoria Millard on Tel: 01902 321678 or email Victoria.Millard@wlv.ac.uk