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Automation in Repair and Remanufacturing (ARR)

Automation in Repair and Remanufacturing (ARR)

Remanufacturing is an industrial process where used products are being restored to a quality which is the same or even better than newly produced products. The ARR project has the objective to develop the potential for automation in repair and remanufacturing. The goals here are to identify the challenges with automation of repairs and remanufacturing and to demonstrate conceptual implementations. The motives for the participating companies in the project is that they see potential of automation solutions to achieve a higher production efficiency as well as improved work environment. The work environment can be improved by avoiding interaction with hazardous materials or by performing heavy lifting in disassembly and cleaning. Within this project we will start by performing detailed automation analyses at four repair and remanufacturing SMEs, developing and implementing virtual and physical demonstrators for the specific company needs and at the same time share this knowledge with industry, especially SMEs. Along the project we will also conduct sustainability assessment to make sure that the automation solutions that we are developing are sustainable from economic, ecologic and social perspectives. The participating partners are: Linköping University (researchers), Swerea IVF (researchers), Yaskawa Nordic (robot-system integrators), Scandi-Toner (toner cartridge remanufacturer), Scandi-Gruppen (photocopymachine repairer), Inrego (computer remanufacturer) and Megalans (electric car component remanufacturer).

Project manager

Participating researcher(s)

Erik Sundin

Erik Sundin

Associate Professor Sustainable Manufacturing

Kerstin Johansen

Kerstin Johansen

Associate Professor Integrated Product and Production Development

Topics

Automation, Design for Remanufacturing, Remanufacturing, Robotics

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