Understanding Reverse Engineering & Its Applications

18 February 2016
 Categories: Industrial & Manufacturing, Blog

Reverse engineering is a one of the principal services offered by precision engineering firms. This is a process where finished products are studied, tested, dismantled, and further studied in order to understand how they have been built, and how they work. To the average person, this may seem like an exercise in futility. However, reverse engineering is a vital step in research and development. It can be applied for the following uses and benefits: 

Understanding your products better

Not many people have a full understanding of how their products work. They simply buy them or order their fabrication with the main concern being that they work as expected. If you want to dig deeper into the working of your equipment, reverse engineering is the answer. Here, you will learn:

  1. Whether quality parts have been used.
  2. How efficient your product is.
  3. What state of deterioration your products is in.
  4. Whether your product meets all Australian standards of quality, etc.

Such information will allow you to understand your product better, to use it to its full potential, and to make any adjustments, if any are needed.

For documentation purposes

Reverse engineering is also used where the working or design of products needs to be documented. This includes capturing data such as the materials used, the technology applied, the installation process, etc. This may become a necessity for a number of reasons: 

  1. Due to repairs and servicing.
  2. For legal purposes (design certification and registration).
  3. For patenting purposes.
  4. Where the original records are no longer available.

Product replication and retrofitting

Reverse engineering can also be sought where you wish to gather information about a product's design and working so that you can replicate the same on new products. This is common where you wish to kick start the production of certain products that you ceased manufacturing some time back. Thanks, to reverse engineering, you can re-engineer the same products and achieve the very same results.

In other cases, reverse engineering can be sought for retrofitting purposes. This applies where you have a product that you wish to improve in terms of factors such as speed, responsiveness, safety, weight, size, cost of production, and so forth. The information from reverse engineering will allow you to do so with great success.

Note that reverse engineering is a critical field where details and accuracy cannot be emphasized enough. This is why only precision engineering expertise is applied, to avoid errors that could damage your products and cause potential loses.