The discussion around sustainable manufacturing usually centers on new production. However, remanufacturing -- the industrial process that returns nonfunctional products or modules to "like new" conditions -- is part of the sustainability equation. Remanufacturing (aka "reman") gets overlooked because it mostly occurs at the end of the life cycle or disposal phase, with the product or unit removed from service. Remanufactured products or modules can be better than new ones because problems found during product usage are not duplicated. Reman technologies and processes are as complicated as new production, and innovative planning and execution is critical for success. Nevertheless, manufacturer interest in reman is increasing. As people enter the second decade of the 21st century, remanufacturing is positioned to leverage its eco-friendly qualities in virtually any location.
Reman for success Nabil Nasr Industrial Engineer; Jun 2010; 42, 6; Docstoc pg. 26 Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Further reproduction prohibited without permission.
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