Art and Science – Planning for Equipment Upgrades

November 21, 2022 - Author: Matt Thiel - Director of Facility Planning and Engineering - ACS, Todd Culp - North American Wind Tunnel Supervisor - Ford

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Successful equipment upgrades rely on a careful balance of art and science. Identifying data-driven business and technical drivers are still the critical first step, but data can only take teams so far. Equipment might be technical, but the environments they work within and the people who operate them can be more complicated. Integrating equipment upgrades within daily operations cannot happen without a well-developed plan that identifies the “who, what, where, when, why, and how” of a potential project in detail.

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Here are some practical tips on developing a plan that balances art and science of equipment upgrades.


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