Remanufacturing is not a new concept and has its origins in the 1940s. With the current global concerns about the consumption rate of the earth’s resources, remanufacturing offers an attractive solution and satisfies environmental, economic, social, and legislative requirements. While over the years, a number of definitions have been proposed, more recently a UK parliamentary group has defined remanufacturing as “a series of manufacturing steps acting on an end-of-life part or product in order to return it to like-new or better performance with warranty to match”.
Advanced Robotic Application
The robotisation of manufacturing processes offer a number of advantages over the conventional approaches including flexibility in handling complex features, ability to work in harsh environment, as well as added intelligence in adaptive feedback control. The ARTC has developed a number of robotic applications for members including inspection, dry ice cleaning and surface finishing.
Intelligent Product Verification
Intelligent Product Verification encompasses the whole life cycle of a component and/or system. It includes the measurement techniques for geometric, dimensional, and topographic information, as well as non-destructive evaluation methods for defects data.
As an important supplement, measurement analysis using data prioritisation and fusion approaches, coupled with automated part sentencing, will aid the user in making decisions and minimize subjective errors. Product verification also covers component life prediction to provide the manufacturer with the expected product life cycle and economic justification for remanufacturing of a component.
Industrial Additive Manufacturing
The Industrial Additive Manufacturing theme develops advanced technology for the manufacturing of high value components.
The focus is to identify current limitations on part geometry and performance using traditional manufacturing methods, and explore opportunities for product improvement and functionality using additive technology. The theme aims to deliver complete solution from pre- to post- additive manufacturing processes, in order to enable test bedding of the manufactured components and translation into production ready solutions.