Remanufacturing: A New Life For an Old Machine

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Remanufacturing is bringing new life to outdated machines. This process of reverse engineering and replacing key components lets a manufacturer update their legacy equipment which saves money while also being the environmentally friendly option. Remanufacturing is more sustainable than recycling because it requires less new parts but also gives the manufacturer the updated machine they need.

Many machines can stay in working condition for decades without the need for major repairs. But the time will come where a machine that has been in a family business for decades breaks down and the parts needed to get it up and running are no longer manufactured. New technologies used in conjunction with this remanufacturing processes is creating a new way to bring life back to broken down and outdated machines. 3d printing technology lets an engineer plug the specs of the necessary part into a 3d printer and in hours a new part is created. New 3d printing developments let manufacturers print out metal based parts which are stronger and more reliable.

Saving money is what remanufacturing does best. Even though it can be costly and labor intensive to have an engineer sit down and reverse engineer a machine and locate the cause of the breakdown, it is offset by the cost associated with purchasing a completely new machine. This will also extend the life of machines so companies have to make less new purchases and are able to continue to use machines that have already been in service. This will let your staff continue to use a machine that they are comfortable with instead of having to train them on a new machine that might do the exact same processes with a different interface.

With older machines, user handbooks and part specs are often lost. By remanufacturing a machine, documentation can be updated so when the machine breaks down again an engineer has updated documentation to refer to. The processes allows remanufacturing to continue again and upgrading the machine becomes easier each time it is needed. Remanufacturing will continue to save companies money in the long run, while also updating the machine so it will stay up competitive with the latest machine on the market.

Reverse engineering and remanufacturing requires a thorough analysis of the component or assemblies that are broken. This lets engineers spot design flaws in the original system which will allow the engineer to suggest new solutions that will make them work better than ever before. Engineers can also update outdated technology which will make for a better functioning machine. With new developments like the IoT and affordable sensor technology, machines that are only a few years old may be grossly outdated. Going back to remanufacture machines can bring your company into the new age of manufacturing. Sensors can be placed within the machine to collect data and monitor machine health so companies can get a more in-depth picture of their manufacturing processes.
Remanufacturing repairs outdated and broken machines but  can also have another benefit. As teams reverse engineer products, they can find new uses for the products they are recreating. This can allow organizations to get even more out of the remanufactured machine and possibly create new ways of generating revenue or at the very least increase their efficiency.

Many industries can benefit from the process of reverse engineering and remanufacturing. By saving money and taking advantage of this environmentally friendly business practice, companies will continue to see the benefits. With new technology being introduced into the manufacturing industry each day, it would be extremely costly to keep going out an purchasing new machines to stay current and efficient. Using remanufacturing is an amazing way to keep your manufacturing process up to date and as efficient as possible. New technology like 3d printing is only making this process easier and more affordable. Remanufacturing is an important avenue for companies to look into, without it, many businesses would not be able to continue to stay competitive in the ever evolving manufacturing industry.

 

http://www.theengineer.co.uk/aerospace/in-depth/the-race-to-remanufacture/1020718.article/http://www.intercomp.com/5-reasons-to-go-forward-with-reverse-engineering-and-remanufacturing/