Robot Retrofit

We refurbish industrial robots, which means no need to change robot hardware, wiring, vision system, or end effector. We will do a robotic controls upgrade and simply replace the old controls unit with a modern one. We will upgrade the hardware (motors/gearbox) if necessary.

What Makes a Retrofit Candidate?

Read through our steps to find out

Controls Box Not Functional

Your robot arm is in great condition but parts in the controls box are either bad, obsolete and you are having difficulty finding replacement parts.

Lack of Manufacturer Support

The robot’s manufacturer does not support the robot’s arm or control box anymore and does not offer an upgrade controls package.


Getting a new robot would involve an expensive certification process due to work environment.

Difficulty Teaching Your Robot

Your robot needs to re-taught for various tasks using antiquated software, which requires a robot programmer, making the process time consuming and expensive.

Multiple Robots Difficulty

You already have an old robot and are in need of new robot but would like a single HMI/UI for all robots to make it easier to train operator and simplify maintenance.

Lack of Software Features

Your robot is in great condition but due to the antiquated controls box, your software lacks features that would simplify tasks or programming.

Need of Machine Linkage

You want your robot to tie into other machines or conveyor systems at your facility to create seamless automation process.

Accuracy Deficiency

Your robot hardware specs indicate capability of achieving high performance but your robot controller software is not able to perform to the expected level.

Why Retrofit a Robot?

Learn about the PROs of retrofitting


RSI will provide a flexible and affordable path to evolve to the latest robot system hardware and software technology.

Higher Productivity

Productivity increases when a higher quality product is used. Do to the product’s upgrades, performance will improve and extend both the functionality and the lifetime of the product.

Improved Quality

Robot equipment that is at the end of its life cycle can be replaced by retrofits, leading to improvements in reliability, safety and ultimately performance.

Custom Solution

Custom solutions are created based on what the client wants. RSI will add or remove functionalities based on the client’s specific needs.

Great Support

When you retrofit a robot with RSI support is #1. We will become a part of your company. RSI will be there to answer all questions and concerns when needed.

Ease of Use

One of our highest priorities is to make our APIs and/or custom UIs as intuitive as possible to facilitate the use of your newly refurbished robot.

Plug & Play

An interface card enables communication
between your new EtherCAT drives and our state-of-the-art Robot Controller.

Single Source

Complete retrofit system from a single source and coordinated to your specific needs; professional consultation, installation, training, service and maintenance.

From Old to New

Rejuvenation for your robot system. RSI will upgrade all peripheral devices to the latest EtherCAT technology. Why buy a new one when you can recycle?

Included Hardware

Items included in the Robot Retrofit package

Electrical Cabinet

We will provide a controls cabinet specific to your robot hardware. The cabinet includes a robot controller, servo drives, and other components.

Tablet for RapidRobot Software

A Microsoft Surface Tablet will be provided to teach and program the robot. RapidRobot software is advanced yet simple to use.

How Does Our Robot Retrofit Solution Work?

Describe your application

Explain what tasks your robot performed. Feel free to share a video or picture for when the robot was working.

Provide robot model

Please share the robot part number

We will provide budgetary pricing

RSI will provide a budgetary pricing based on the information on hand

Remove one motor from the robot and ship to RSI

RSI will test and validate the motor to ensure that the motor is supported by RapidRobot controller

We will provide exact price to retrofit the robot

We will estimate the size of the servo drives required for all six robot axes and size the electrical cabinet

We will build the cabinet and ship all items to you

After receiving a purchase order, RSI will start building the cabinet and ship all items to you. Items include controls cabinet, Microsoft Surface Pro tablet, and cabling

Programming the robot

RapidRobot is as simple as using an android or iOS app. However, we can come onsite and help you

Success: Robot in production

Your robot is running in production. We will provide warranty for two years

Partner With Us

Explore the PROs of partnering with RSI


We will leverage 21 years of automation experience to tackle your unique application no matter how challenging.

Cost Competitive

We consider multiple solutions to find the best possible implementation for your application to ensure a ROI that makes sense for you.


We strive to provide excellent system-level support so your machine downtime and troubleshooting efforts are minimized.


We schedule weekly calls with customers updated shared blogs so you are informed of project status on a on a daily basis.

Attention to Detail

We engage with customer’s applications as we begin by collecting all the relevant machine specifications, requirements, and constraints.

Project Management

We will manage your application from concept stage to production and ensure that your project is completed on time surpassing all expectations.

RapidRobot Software

Intuitive user interface


The Most Intuitive Controller For Cobots

Enjoy the ultimate robot program editor. Creating programs is like using a mobile application. It brings an advanced design interface to the robotic industry that both beginners and experts will fall in love with. It's incredibly smart, super flexible, amazingly powerful and visual by nature. This is how programming a robot is meant to be done.


Moving a Robot Has Never Been Easier

With our software, moving your robot to is extremely easy. You have complete freedom to jog in Joint or Cartesian space. Easily change speed, modes and save points. With our animations you will know exactly what part of the robot is moving and when certain limits have reached. Controlling a robot has never been this easy and fun!


Inputs and Outputs State and Manipulation

Troubleshooting and configuring IO all in one place. Easily modify the state of each individual component or simply observe how your program is changing the state of your available IO.


Different Flavors For Different People

Here at RSI we see how different popular technologies and trends evolve and it is our goal to stay current with technologies that might make our customers life easier. The RA Software allows you to change the theme, the jogging style, and the language. These are just the first custom items of many more to come!

Robot Retrofit Case Studies

Read about some of our successful Robot Retrofit applications

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