Resource Efficiency by Remanufacturing of Used Parts
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If commercial vehicle components are to be reused after a life cycle of 15 to 20 years, a cost- and quality-appropriate refurbishing process needs to be designed. An interdisciplinary consortium led by Fraunhofer IGCV is investigating the process engineering approaches required for this using mechanical, mechatronic and electronic parts or assemblies as examples.
The requirements for technical cleanliness in the field of industrial parts production have greatly increased in recent years. Users of remanufacturing are working on a solution to supply, for example, motor vehicles and commercial vehicles cost-effectively and resource-conserving with spare parts of the highest, defined degrees of cleanliness and original function. The provided product performance should be equal to an equivalent new product [1, 2]. Despite the wide range of established fields of application, there is still potential for optimization in terms of costs and quality in the field of remanufacturing....
The author would like to thank the Bavarian Research Foundation for supporting the Aspire project. Further thanks go to the project partners involved: Fraunhofer Research Institution for Casting, Composite and Processing Technology IGCV, Augsburg (Quality and Technical Cleanliness), Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA Project Group Process Innovation, Bayreuth (Manufacturing and Remanufacturing Technology), Knorr-Bremse Commercial Vehicle Systems GmbH, Munich (commercial vehicle operator), MAN Bus & Truck SE, Nürnberg (commercial vehicle producer), Nabu-Oberflächentechnik GmbH, Stulln (cleaning chemicals), Rösler Oberflächentechnik GmbH, Bad Staffelstein (machines for blasting and mass finishing) and the Schuk GmbH, Neu-Ulm (analysis of residual contaminations, contract cleaning).