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GIS Reman Experts Instruct at Big R Show

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Three short technical courses on remanufacturing techniques and practices were presented to attendees of the 2013 International Big R Show by GIS staff and faculty representing RIT's Center for Remanufacturing and Resource Recovery. This year's Big R Show was held in Las Vegas from November 2-4, and is known as the most widely recognized networking event in the remanufacturing industry. Dr. Eugene Park, assistant director of technical programs at GIS' New York State Pollution Prevention Institute, presented a seminar on advanced cleaning techniques, a unique process in remanufacturing. Dr. Michael Haselkorn, a GIS senior staff engineer and research faculty member spoke on how rapidly changing automotive technology will provide opportunities for remanufacturers and delivered a session on the recovery of valuable components from failed products, including how companies must take advantage of any technologies that can ensure greater recovery opportunities and enhanced quality of products. More information on the Big R Show is available at its website here.

Lund Remanufacturer Database Transitions to C3R®

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A database of North American remanufacturing companies, compiled by reman industry research pioneer Robert T. Lund of Boston University, is now entrusted to the Center for Remanufacturing and Resource Recovery at GIS. Beginning in the early 1980s and over the course of 30 years, Robert Lund identified and certified thousands of U.S. and Canadian firms as “remanufacturers,” recording details of their industrial operations and outputs in a database that eventually totaled more than 7000 company entries. C3R® founder and GIS Director Dr. Nabil Nasr said, “This database is a unique and remarkable body of investigative scholarship representing decades of hard work by Bob Lund. Everyone in the remanufacturing industry owes Bob a debt of gratitude for his vision and steadfast dedication in compiling this impressive work. We are honored and delighted that Bob has entrusted the Center for Remanufacturing and Resource Recovery to carry on his work and lead this project forward.”

GIS at 10th Global Conference on Sustainable Manufacturing

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In late October of 2012, Dr. Nabil Nasr, director of GIS, took part in the 10th Global Conference on Sustainable Manufacturing (GCSM) in Istanbul, Turkey. Professor Nasr gave a keynote presentation titled “Product Life-Cycle Management and Closed-Loop Systems” to the assembled attendees. Dr. Nasr has been a member of the conference’s International Scientific Committee since its inception. The annual conferences are supported by the International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP).

Remanufacturing and the Sustainable Organization Conference

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GIS and the Motor & Equipment Remanufacturers Association (MERA) co-sponsored a remanufacturing and sustainability conference on October 2, 2012, at the MSU Management Education Center in Troy, MI, for senior executives from remanufacturing industries, as well as policymakers and sustainability and financial industry executives. Within the framework of the triple bottom line, speakers and panelists discussed ways to build and market a sustainable organization. They highlighted how remanufacturing helps a company meet its sustainability goals and the goals of its customers – particularly when the use of green products can be critical or have valuable incentives. GIS Director Dr. Nabil Nasr delivered welcoming remarks and present on "The Next Generation of Remanufacturing: Technology and Sustainability Trends."