8 January 2014

Call for papers: "Remanufacturing"

For a theme issue of the International Journal of Rapid Manufacturing.

Increased global competition, ever changing customer requirements and continued reduction in raw materials and natural resources have forced many industries to consider alternative ways to maintain their market competitiveness. These industries have recognised that conventional manufacturing is unsustainable due to environmental and economic factors. Remanufacturing is the process of disassembly in which parts are inspected, repaired, reconditioned or replaced, recertified and then reassembled to “like-new” condition. More than 85% of the remanufactured components have been shown to have the same or better quality characteristics and performance as compared to similar new ones.
Remanufacturing also reduces waste. Based on literature, 60-70% of non-hazardous waste is generated through conventional manufacturing. The economic impact of remanufacturing is significant. 85% of the energy used for the manufacturing a new product could be preserved through remanufacturing of a similar one. Remanufacturing is increasingly becoming a major factor in economic development of developing countries. The goal of this issue is to address and publish the “technical” aspects and case studies related to the topic of remanufacturing.
Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Sustainable design and manufacturing
  • Design for re-manufacturing
  • Modularity and modular design
  • Design for environment
  • Design for life cycle
  • Reverse engineering
  • Reverse supply chain and logistics
  • Shared resource management
  • Remanufacturing operations and strategies
  • Additive and next generation manufacturing
  • Quality control
  • Case studies

Important Dates
Full paper submission: 15 February, 2014
Notification of reviews: 15 March, 2014
Revised manuscript submission: 15 April, 2014
Notification of results: 2 May, 2014
Accepted Final Paper: 15 May, 2014

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