By Dr. Michael Thurston
Today advanced technologies are making their way into remanufacturing in a big way. Image analysis, for example, is now being used to automatically identify and inspect components in the disassembly process, reducing the required operator expertise.
Even further, robotic technologies are being used to inspect and repair aircraft engines without disassembly, eliminating time-consuming and labor-intensive process steps.
Industry 4.0 technologies are also being applied to allow the collection and analysis of increased volumes of data that can be leveraged to make significant improvements in process efficiency.
In short, technology in numerous shapes and forms are currently impacting very significantly on the remanufacturing industries. This is destined to continue and even accelerate in the foreseeable future.
This was the overall message from the 2019 RIC-RIT World Remanufacturing Conference, hosted by the remanufacturing Industries Council (RIC) and Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), in Rochester NY on October 9 & 10. In keeping with previous years the conference offered an in-depth insight into the scientific and industrial achievements within the field of remanufacturing.
Addressing issues that are disrupting, or are anticipated to disrupt the remanufacturing industry, the event thus delivered a rare and uniform message of an industry set for significant further advances.