News: Germany - Use of remanufactured parts in future car service
Improving technical car service processes including diagnosis and repair capabilities for electronic components as well as the development of new processes is the main objective of the German research project Kfz-Service-Engineering 2020.
Thursday, 14th March 2013
Automobiles in 2020 will differ radically from todays in some respects. The use of lightweight technologies (e.g. honeycomb design) and lightweight materials as well as the increasing amount of electronics in vehicles are main trends. Also electric vehicles and its related new technologies are still on the rise. The remanufacturing industry as well as the car work shops are unable to elude these trends. To enable these players to face the new challenges, proper tools and know-how on the new technical service processes and the applied components are needed, in particular on components which are suitable for remanufacturing. The project´s main phase was launched on 1st August 2012 in Bayreuth, Germany by the Bavari¬an government. The Handwerkskammer Oberfranken (Chamber of Crafts), the Fraunhofer-Project Group Process Innovation and the University of Bayreuth form the project consortium. Questions like which remanufactured parts are suitable for future service processes and what kind of tools and methods are needed to serve this market will be answered amongst others. A first step in the project was to find out what kind of and in what dimension replacement parts are currently requested from the market at all. The results are shown in the figure below. It can be assumed that in 2020 remanufactured components used in future service processes are as important as today. The following service processes are, among others, considered as interesting ones in the near future: - Repair, maintenance and remanufacturing of battery systems and used spare parts - Maintenance of lightweight materials, in particular the car body - Remanufacturing of electronic control units (ECUs) and the use of remote diagnosis - Retrofitting of diesel powered automobiles to LPG powered ones. Initial results in relation to remanufacturing are presented at the APRA Europe Workshop in Almelo.
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