Remanufacturing is the 3rd part of the inner circle of the Circular Economy Butterfly diagram. Yet this economic activity is not new as many large companies have been refurbishing / remanufacturing combustion engines, automotive components, machine tools, jet turbines, railway rolling stock and aircraft for some years. However it is not a mainstream economic activity due to design constraints of products and a lack of skilled workers. For this Circular activity to grow requires a standardisation of language, parts, processes and a focus on training workers.
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Remanufacturing is an industrial process whereby products referred as cores are restored to useful life. During this process the core pass through a number of remanufacturing steps, e.g. inspection, disassembly, part replacement/refurbishment, cleaning, reassembly, and testing to ensure it meets the desired product standards.
CIRCULAR REmanufacturing returns a used product to at least its original performance with a warranty that is equivalent or better than that of the newly manufactured product. Therefore, there is a need for a collaborative network between customers, retailers, third parties and manufacturers to facilitate returns and exchanges.
Reman Day 12 April
Remanufacturing Industries Council USA
European Remanufacturing Network
|Shoey Shoes - UK|
Roetz Bikes - The Netherlands
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Products or parts that have reached its end of life.
Business models: Pay-per-use, leasing, incentivised return, trade-ins, deposit return
Circular Design: Durability, Disassembly, Modularity, Cleaning
|Technical: Remanufacture, Refurbish|
Circular Economy Systems Diagram
In a Circular Economy both natural (biological) and man-made (technical) materials circulate in production cycles. Refer to Circular Economy for a more detailed description.