Wendy Maxey

by: Wendy Maxey

Much of America’s electrical infrastructure is somewhere between end of life and obsolescence. In fact, $65 billion worth of legacy automation systems are reaching end of life, according to a 2011 ARC Strategy Report.

Take a sip of your coffee and let that information roll around in your mind for a minute.

The thought process of many plant managers is to maximize the use of existing equipment before beginning to invest in new technologies. The problem, although they may still be working, is that these conventional machines or control systems often don’t meet new technology standards.  Spare parts may be obsolete, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) may have gone out of business, and operating systems may be dated. Any one or all of these may be the case.

It’s pretty eye-opening, right? We think so, too. We created this infographic to highlight several devices you may be relying on every day that are approaching end of life or obsolete.

We recommend you print it and share it. It’s an effective reminder of the importance of modernization.

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Download the PDF version here.

Wendy Maxey

Wendy Maxey
Content Editor

As editor, Wendy’s job is to conceptualize, create and make sure all EECO content is relevant and accurate. A former journalist, Wendy loves meeting people and telling their stories. Wendy’s reporting skills have been put to good use at EECO through internal and external customer interviews.

Wendy has an English degree from Roanoke College (she won’t tell you her graduation year)! She enjoys spending time with her five-year-old son and kayaking.

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