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

Ridley, Sara and Ijomah, Winifred (2012) Improving the efficiency of the remanufacture of complex mechanical assemblies with robust inspection of core units. In: Design for Innovative Value Towards a Sustainable Society. Springer, pp. 547-551. ISBN 978-94-007-3010-6

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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.