Remanufacturing refers to the assembly of new components, except that many of the parts taken from used components. The items must be completely disassembled, cleaned and examined for wear and breakage. Worn out, missing or non-functioning components are replaced with new or rebuilt ones. The process can potentially result in significant savings in energy and raw materials, enable compliance with environmental legislation, as well as save costs and provide competitive advantage. For example, it is has been estimated that a remanufactured engine can save 50% of the energy and 67% of the labour or a new engine. The concept therefore fits well with the EU’s Circular Economy package, which I have previously written about.
In conjunction with Thomas Guidat and other colleagues from the Institut für Werkzeugmaschinen und Fabrikbetrieb at the Technical University of Berlin, a couple of us within the School of Science and Technology at the University of Northampton (UoN) are in the process of establishing an online platform on remanufacturing for industry and academics.
The aim of the platform is to provide opportunities for both industry and academics to not only work more closely together in developing and conducting both applied and blue skies research, but also to provide a forum for sharing best practice, news and funding opportunities. The platform which will be managed by the two universities, has support from the Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association (APRA).
However, in order to get a good sense of how best the platform can be made most relevant, a survey has been created to get your views and ideas.
A copy of the link can be found here
Please feel free to pass it on to another that you think might wish to be involved. We look forward to hearing from you.