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In the pursuit of a Circular Economy, remanufacturing plays a crucial role in extending product lifespans, generating employment opportunities and revenue streams, while simultaneously reducing waste, energy consumption, and greenhouse gas emissions. However, successful remanufacturing implementation within an industrial value chain, or more accurately, value cycle, faces significant challenges related to process optimization, design considerations, and business model adaptation.

To address these challenges, RESTORE will introduce sustainable by design remanufacturing processes and materials, alongside supporting tools for the digitization of the remanufacturing ecosystem or value chain. RESTORE focuses on advancing promising state-of-the-art cladding technologies, including laser direct energy deposition (DED) and plasma transfer arc (PTA), tailored for sustainable remanufacturing applications. To enhance deposition rates for large-scale applications, the project aims to develop a novel hybrid process combining DED and PTA.

Moreover, RESTORE seeks to produce wire feedstock with recycled content and design a wire feeding system integrated with an auxiliary feeding system to directly transfer machining swarf or unused powder into the melt pool. This innovative approach will pave the way for zero-waste remanufacturing technology at a reduced cost.

The RESTORE platform will foster greater traceability, transparency, and efficiency in the remanufacturing process, empowering stakeholders to make informed decisions and optimize their operations. The digital collaborative space will serve as a centralized hub for data sharing and collaboration, promoting informed decision-making and guiding the optimal remanufacturing of industrial products and components.

In conclusion, RESTORE is committed to transforming the remanufacturing landscape by developing sustainable processes, materials, and digital tools. By addressing the challenges of remanufacturing implementation, RESTORE will contribute significantly to the transition towards a Circular Economy, fostering a more sustainable and resource-efficient industrial sector.

In the realm of digitization, the project will develop the RESTORE platform, which will provide a suite of digital technologies and tools. These include:

• Process automation: Digital technologies to enhance automation and streamline remanufacturing processes.

• Recipe book and simulation tools: Tools for product and process optimization, utilizing recipe books and simulation capabilities.

• Decision support framework: A framework to guide remanufacturing decisions based on data-driven insights.

• Blockchain-enabled digital product passport: A digital passport utilizing blockchain technology to track and trace remanufactured products throughout their lifecycle.

• Digital marketplace: A platform to connect remanufacturers with potential buyers.

• Business model templates: Templates to support the development of innovative remanufacturing business models.

• Collaborative spaces: Virtual spaces for collaboration among all relevant stakeholders in the remanufacturing domain.

Restore Objectives

The strategic objectives (SO) outlined for RESTORE encompass a comprehensive approach towards sustainable cladding processes, digital automation, and remanufacturing platforms.

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Restore Implementation

RESTORE is a project with the overarching goal of showcasing a portfolio of sustainable repair and remanufacturing processes, specifically leveraging laser and plasma arc technologies.

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Restore Materials

Here you can find the dissemination materials regarding the “Sustainable Remanufacturing Solution with increased automation and recycled content in laser and plasma-based process”.

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