Improving the efficiency of the remanufacture of complex mechanical assemblies with robust inspection of core units

Sara Ridley, Winifred Ijomah

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Abstract

This paper presents the analysed findings of experimental research carried out at a Caterpillar Remanufacturing facility in the UK into core inspection at the initial stage of remanufacture – Receive Core. It concludes that the initial analysis of the results show an increase in efficiency with increase of inspection but that this increase is finite and over-inspection leads to an overall decrease of efficiency and an increase in costs. However, it also shows that the amount of viable inspection is linked to the cost of the component rather than the facility operating costs. A generic methodology for core inspection is being developed to improve the overall efficiency of the remanufacturing operation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDesign for Innovative Value Towards a Sustainable Society
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of EcoDesign 2011: 7th International Symposium on Environmentally Conscious Design and Inverse Manufacturing
EditorsM Matsumoto , Y Umeda, K Masui , S Fukushige
PublisherSpringer
Pages547-551
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)978-94-007-3010-6
Publication statusPublished - 30 May 2012

Keywords

  • mechanical assemblies
  • remanufacturing process
  • remanufacturing productivity

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