News: UK - Technology Strategy Board Reclaim Project
Reclaim produces entire machine process that will revolutionise the remanufacturing arena.
Thursday, 16th May 2013
The Reclaim project has involved the collaboration between researchers at De Montfort University, Leicester, where the idea was first conceived, and 9 partners from the UK engineering industry, with funding from the Technology Strategy Board (TSB). The key objective has been to develop efficient and cost-effective solutions to the repair of high added value parts, which would normally be scrapped. The result is a machine and entire process that will revolutionise the remanufacturing arena. Jason Jones, Senior Research Fellow, described the collaboration as a winning partnership where companies with different areas of expertise and specialisms have pooled their resources to develop a revolutionary machine. This one machine allows milling, cladding and scanning on one platform and will, therefore, be a fraction of the price of those that remanufacture individual bit-parts. Jason says that the Reclaim team have been successful in truly integrating added manufacturing and subtractive CC milling. The underlying technology can be applied to new part manufacturing as well as repair and means that manufacturing does not have to be a subtractive process. It has been the role of David Parker, Monitoring Officer for the TSB, to guide the project to a successful conclusion. David, who is also a Principal Consultant at Oakdene Hollins and previously Manager of the CRR, says that the TSB is looking for successful collaborators that can add value to the British Economy. He also stresses the importance that this suite of technology can be retrofitted to an existing machine at a fraction of the price of a bespoke machine, so it is very accessible and opens possibilities to a wide range of operators.