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January 2014 Meeting - SWE Joint Event

Date: 1/13/2014
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM


An Overview of a Remanufacturing Business

Jacqueline Earle

Product Support Manager

Remanufacturing, Components & Worktools Division

Caterpillar Inc.

Time and Location:

Date: Monday, January 13, 2014

Location: Barrack's Cater Inn, 1224 W. Pioneer Parkway, Peoria, IL 61615

4:30pm Check-in/Social Hour

5:30pm Technical presentation

6:30pm Dinner

Cost and Contacts:

Free Parking is available. The cost of the dinner is subsidized and will be $18 at the door ($0 students) for ASM-AFS members, $24 for other attendees ($7 non-member students). RSVP to Michael A. Adashek (Adashek_Michael_A@cat.com or 309.578.1974) by 01/09/2014.

Abstract:

The term "Remanufacturing" conjures up different ideas for different people. For many, it's a positive recycling concept, necessary for sustainable and economic solutions to extending the life of products. This talk will review important ingredients for a successful remanufacturing business, focusing on a heavy equipment product line.

The process must start with designing for remanufacturability: understanding design factors, wear surfaces, disassembly and remanufacturing technologies. Cleaning is also critically important to enable accurate inspection as well as subsequent processing. Evaluation techniques range from dimensional checks to crack inspection. Bringing a product up to the original technical specifications can be achieved in a variety of ways (e.g.: inserts, machining, thermal spray, recasting, welding…. etc.). As with new products, these processes must be managed with good quality control and possibly in-factory validation checks.

There is also a significant commercial work that must accompany the process. Countries have different rules for exporting used material and importing "remanufactured" goods. Depending on the market incentive to return used material, there is often a financial deposit required. Cost accounting is complicated by the various incoming material streams and sometimes custom processes required for a particular part. Pricing and warranty, especially relative to an equivalent new product, require market-based strategy.

Remanufacturing is increasing, expanding from industrial, heavy equipment and automotive products to office furniture and medical equipment. It is an effective way to optimize our natural resources and improve customer value.

 

 

 

 



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