Qualifying imaging components for reuse via condition assessment. The C3R Structural & Material Analysis Team researched the economic and environmental benefits of reusing the OPC and wiper blade components of laser printer toner cartridges. The Team analyzed the energy required to originally manufacture the OPC and wiper blade components from the mining of raw materials through final parts production was computed and compared to the energy required to restore used components to like-new condition and confirmed that reusing the two components can save 70% of their embodied energy.
Using signature-analysis-based methods to determine the remaining useful life of automotive alternators and alternator components. For the Korean Institute of Industrial Technology C3R conducted a multi-phase research program focused on the development of signature analysis based methods for determining the remaining useful life of automotive alternators and alternator components. In the third phase of this research, C3R developed diagnostic algorithms/methodologies to detect and isolate existing faults, and develop prognostic algorithms/methodologies to detect incipient faults and estimate remaining life of components, such as alternators. The team found that signature analysis can be used to verify that newly produced alternators do not have defects, to verify that operating alternators have not developed defects that may lead to failure (operational diagnostics or prognostics), or to qualify used or remanufactured components for reuse in remanufactured alternators.