2019 Short Courses

These short courses are available as an add-on to your conference registration. They will take place before the conference on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at Rochester Institute for Technology.

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Determining the Environmental Benefits of Remanufacturing

The remanufacturing business is driven by the economic benefits associated with keeping high value products in service at like-new performance. In many cases, remanufacturing may be the only way to economically maintain high value assets in service, due to inability to source new service parts. Remanufacturing is also a key component of the emerging circular economy — a concept for more sustainable growth – that aims to lower material consumption and environmental impact by keeping products in service longer rather than replacing them with new. A recent UN study demonstrated that remanufacturing can result in an 80-99% reduction in material consumption, and 57-87% reduction in fabrication energy, compared to new.

This workshop will explain the methodologies that are used to assess the environmental benefits of remanufacturing, and provide case study examples that illustrate the analysis process.

Attendees will learn:

  • How to evaluate the environmental benefits of a remanufactured product
  • Basics of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) – the process used for undertaking an environmental benefit analysis
  • Key factors that impact the material, energy, and greenhouse gas emissions for remanufactured products versus new
  • Data required and used for LCA analysis
  • Public studies on the benefits of remanufacturing

Michael Thurston

Technical Director, RIT Golisano Institute for Sustainability
Remanufacturing Node Leader, REMADE Institute

Brian Hilton

Senior Staff Engineer, RIT Golisano Institute for Sustainability

1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Condition Assessment for Remanufacturing

Understanding the state of core is a critical process step required for any remanufacturing, repair, or reuse application.  These methods are used both when developing new repair processes and maintain quality control in existing processes.  This course is designed for engineers who are evaluating reman opportunities. Course will cover scientific principles, recommendations on the best fit technology fit for your applications, and a hands-on demonstration of each process.  The course will provide engineers with a deeper understanding of condition assessment techniques.  

Attendees will learn:

  • Key inspection technologies including magnetic particle inspection, dye penetrant inspection, ultrasonic inspection, and eddy current inspection
  • Scientific principles behind condition assessment technologies
  • How to select a technology and implement the appropriate technology (implementation could include vision/automation)
  • Through a hands-on demonstration of technologies

Michael Thurston

Technical Director, RIT Golisano Institute for Sustainability
Remanufacturing Node Leader, REMADE Institute

Kristi Schipull

Senior Materials Engineer, RIT Golisano Institute for Sustainability
Deputy Technical Node Leader, REMADE Institute

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