RIT was awarded a grant by the U.S. government's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to lead a strategic roadmapping process to identify remanufacturing research priorities and improve remanufacturers capabilities and competitiveness of United States based firms. The goal of this roadmap is to develop a plan aimed at identifying opportunities to enhance the industry competitiveness and advancement and addressing the significant technical challenges facing the remanufacturing industry.
A report was developed derived from an extensive industry analysis, comprehensive survey, technology forecasting, industry site analysis and two industry workshops held on September 29th, 2015 and a final workshop held on September 29th and 30th, 2016, bringing together leaders in remanufacturing to share ideas and identify common priorities. The resulting 2017 Remanufacturing Roadmap Report is published by the Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), with support from the United States National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia (AMTech) grant program.
Reman Roadmapping Process
- Create an industry-led Remanufacturing Research consortium involving all sectors of the industry to build consensus around barriers to competitiveness and research priorities.
- Diagnose major cross-cutting challenges facing the industry over the next 20 years and deliver a Technology Roadmap with prioritized Research & Development action plans for overcoming those challenges.
24 Month Project Timeline
- June 1, 2015 – Roadmap project start and kick-off.
- June 2015 through February 2016 – Consortium formation and recruitment, set-up the advisory group and working group.
- November 2015 through September 2016 – Online remanufacturing survey. On-site assessments in each sector. In-depth report (i.e. white paper) showing current state of remanufacturing technology, industry-wide challenges and barriers to growth.
- Fall 2016 – Intensive two-day Roadmap development workshop with key industry experts.
- May 31, 2017 – Industry-wide rollout of Roadmap documents and completion of the Roadmap project.
According to the Remanufacturing Industries Council, remanufacturing is a comprehensive and rigorous industrial process by which a previously sold, worn, or non-functional product or component is returned to a "like-new" or "better-than-new" condition and warranted in performance level and quality.
Remanufacturing is not the same as recycling or repairing.
Some of the most commonly remanufactured product categories are aircraft components, automotive parts, electrical and electronic equipment, engines and components, medical equipment, office furniture, printing equipment, restaurant and food-service equipment.
Remanufacturing’s Economic Impact
Remanufacturing has been around for over 80 years, a $43 billion industry supporting 180,000 full-time U.S. jobs.
Remanufacturing offers tremendous cost advantages to businesses by recapturing the value-added to the product when it was first manufactured, at a fraction of the cost to build new.
Remanufacturing is the ultimate form of industrial sustainability by leveraging all the resources and energy to make manufactured goods.