Boeing, Rolls-Royce and Other Majors Explore Remanufacturing
Six multinational industrial leaders, including Boeing and Rolls-Royce, are collaborating in Asia to investigate remanufacturing, the process of transforming recovered industrial components into like-new ones to be reintroduced into the supply chain for usage.
In Singapore, they have tapped the Advanced Remanufacturing & Technology Centre (ARTC) to research and develop production-ready technologies for remanufacturing that can be quickly implemented by industry. The ARTC, in turn, will work with the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology, also known as SIMTech, on R&D in automation, manufacturing systems and processes in repair and restoration, surface enhancement and product verification.
Siemens Industry Software, ABB, Carl Zeiss and FUCHS Lubricants join Boeing and Rolls-Royce in the partnership with the ARTC, which is said to be the first R&D center in Asia looking into remanufacturing.
Remanufacturing is described as a sustainable process that recovers parts or products — through disassembly, cleaning, testing and other operations — into like-new pieces, thereby extending their life cycle and contributing to greater cost and material savings. The process is said to be more efficient than recycling, as it conserves raw material content and the value of the original manufacturing that went into the component or product.
The potential beneficiaries of the initiative are the aerospace, oil and gas, marine, energy, automotive and engineering industries. Raj Thampuran, executive director of the Science and Engineering Research Council of Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research, which runs SIMTech, said, “The Advanced Remanufacturing & Technology Centre will help industries [realize] manufacturing’s economic and environmental potential through public-private collaborative R&D. The Centre represents the way [high-value] manufacturing is advancing globally.”
More on the ARTC can be found here.