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Coordinator Linköpings universitet - Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling
Funding from Vinnova SEK 1 456 000
Project duration December 2008 - December 2011
Status Completed

Purpose and goal

Remanufacturing is a key industrial principle and the enabling technology for both, an affordable and resource saving supply of spares parts in the automotive sector, it saves 90% of material and energy compared to new manufacturing. Remanufacturing turns used parts returning from the markets into good as new parts (annual turnover of 50 billion , companies 80.000 with 500,000 employees world-wide). Most remanufacturing companies are SMEs employing 80 to 250 people. As mechatronic and electronic systems have entered our cars, the technological know-how base of SMEs remanufacturing these systems erodes rapidly. Remanufacturing car mechatronic and electronic systems requires methodological innovations and new technologies especially for the tasks testing and diagnosis of systems and subsystems. Available technologies are not affordable for SMEs and not flexible enough. The overall goal is to develop innovative diagnosis methods and technologies and thereby enable SMEs to test and diagnose used automotive mechatronic and electronic systems in order to give them the possibility to remanufacture the systems. LiU´s part of the project is to develop supply chains for used mechatronics and electronics returning from the market and thus provide used and failed systems for the subsequent steps

Expected results and effects

Remanufacturing companies, with the gained information, the introduced used product supply chain and the developed test methods and test equipment, enabled to remanufacture interconnected mechatronic and electronic systems. Therefore, remanufacturing companies could enhance their current product portfolio (most of mechanic and electro-mechanic systems) to innovative and modern vehicle systems. This step is very important for every remanufacturing company, because nearly all new automotive systems involved in todays vehicles are mechatronic or electronic systems and will challenge the remanufacturing industry in the next years, when the cars become 5 to 10 years old and their mechatronic and electronic systems begin to fail.

Planned approach and implementation

LiU´s work package will include the following phases Mapping of current supply chains Development of supply chain concepts Implementation and test of concepts Evaluation of concepts Further development of concept Dissemination of results

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Last updated 25 November 2019

Reference number 2008-03345

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