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Representatives from the remanufacturing industry and guests presented a symposium on Materials Technology Aspects in Product Remanufacturing at the Materials Science & Technology 2014 conference in Pittsburgh, PA on October 13. The symposium was intended to raise the awareness of and gain recognition for remanufacturing in the technical community.
Symposium presenters and organizing team members, from left to right, included: Eugene Bukowski (GE Healthcare Global Services), Jeffrey Stukenborg (WABCO Reman Solutions), Diganta Das (University of Maryland, Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering), Andrea Tognetti (Caterpillar Inc.), Jacqueline Earle (Caterpillar Inc.), Andrew Vackel (Stony Brook University, Center for Thermal Spray Research), Derek Guest (Remanufacturing Industries Council), and Todd Wieland (Cummins Inc.). Not pictured, Daniel Sordelet (Caterpillar Inc.).
Download the Reman Session to see the list of presentations and speakers in the symposium.
Remanufacturing is a comprehensive and rigorous industrial process by which a previously sold, worn, or non-functional product or component is returned to a “like-new” or “better-than-new” condition and warranted in performance level and quality.
Remanufacturing is not the same as “recycling” or “repairing”.
Some of the most commonly remanufactured product categories are:
The US is the world’s largest producer, consumer and exporter of remanufactured products. In its 2012 report, the U.S. International Trade Commission identified two major barriers to growth for the remanufacturing industry: (i) the lack of a commonly accepted definition of remanufacturing, and (ii) the absence of standards for the remanufacturing process (Remanufactured Goods: An Overview of the U.S. and Global Industries, Markets, and Trade. U.S. International Trade Commission, October 2012).
RIC has achieved ANSI accreditation as a standards developer, and has begun development of a standard for the process of remanufacturing that will address both of these deficiencies and promote the understanding and credibility of the remanufacturing industry. For additional information on this initiative and how to contribute to this standard, please check back for current information or use our Contact Us page to send a message.