The 2018 RIC-RIT World Remanufacturing Conference on September 19 & 20 will feature extensive discussions with reman professionals from around the world that will shape the way we do business in remanufacturing. We have prepared a robust agenda with dynamic speakers, panel sessions, and technical tracks for both days as well as optional short courses and tours before and after the conference so you can make the most of your experience here. Dates and times shown are subject to change.
Transportation: For those staying at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, a shuttle will be provided between the hotel and conference events. The shuttle will leave the hotel for the conference venue starting at 7:30 AM, and will make several trips to accommodate everyone. The shuttle will make several return trips to the hotel after the conference between 5-6 PM each day.
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 a 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
Additive Manufacturing (AM) technologies have long been used in remanufacturing, but with the explosion of 3D printing technologies, new AM processes are rapidly hitting the market. This course will cover how to select the optimum AM process for your Reman application, and show why adoption of new AM technologies is being propelled by positive economic returns to the bottom-line.
As part of the course, an example component will be selected to demonstrate how to determine economically viable AM options. Participants are encouraged to send examples of components before the course for consideration as in-class case studies. Information should include photographs of the component with a description of the feature(s) to be restored or fabricated through advanced AM. Please send examples to Mark.Walluk@RIT.edu
Attendees will learn:
- How to select the cores which are candidates for AM
- The variety of AM processes available for salvaging cores
- How to select the proper AM process for salvaging cores based on cost-benefit analysis
- Details about new 3D printing technologies, such as liquid metal 3D Printing, which can be used in salvage or for part replacement
This talk will focus on the importance of understanding your business’s unique value proposition, and that of your customers, and pursuing your “right to win” for the benefit of both. Tana will call upon the remanufacturing community as a whole to continue working together to create a global business environment in which each of us has the ability to pursue our right to win in the industries we serve.
The Executive Forum is a moderated panel discussion with five senior reman industry professionals designed to provide insights and thought leadership in the context of the globalization of remanufacturing products and services around the world.
Session Chair: John Disharoon
- Global Industry Outlook
- Innovation & Technology
- Workforce Development
The technology roadmap pinpoints key priorities, strategies, and focused research and development efforts for the Institute. Learn from the senior leadership of the Institute what is planned, how research areas will be explored, and innovation priorities for specific technologies, processes, approaches critical to advancing remanufacturing in America.
A prestigious panel of international remanufacturing experts provide national highlights for the reman industry in each of their home countries in the areas of industry growth, policy & regulation, and outlook for 2019 and beyond.
Established in 2000 by former round-the-world yachtswoman, Dame Ellen MacArthur, the Foundation aims to deepen the understanding of major corporations about the concept of the “circular economy” or “CE”, and thereby to change their behavior. Remarks will outline the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s aim to accelerate the transition to a circular economy.
The success of a remanufacturing business model is not only achieved by overcoming technological, core supply and cost/resource challenges, but also through improvements in customer satisfaction, sustainability/circular strategies, intellectual property, and brand/image. Attendees will learn about new approaches, research and lessons learned when differentiating remanufacturing products from the competition.
Session Chair: Michael Thurston
- Linking OEM Support to Remanufacturing – David Schofman
- Improved ROI through Electromagnetic Induction Heating Process – Adam Morrison
- Challenges and Opportunities of Expanding Nokia’s Circular Product Portfolio – Don Olson
Reman business and research leaders will share the latest quality management trends and lessons learned in implementing reman process improvement strategies to reduce costs, lower waste, and increase profit margins.
Session Chair: Sebastian Schötz
- Quality Management in Remanufacturing – Sebastian Schötz
- Introduction of Quality Certification System for Remanufactured Products in South Korea – Yong-Sung Jun
- Condition Assessment/Inspection – Mike White
- The Innovation of Remanufacturing Technology and Industry in China – Shi Piejing
The prospect of the circular economy is attractive from a macro-economic perspective, but on an individual company level companies still need a solid business case, in addition to the environmental benefits they can achieve. This session will highlight best practices and decision and external support tools to help evaluate a circular business model.
Session Chair: Peggy Zwolinki
- Assessing the Resource Efficiency Potential of Value-Retention Processes in a Circular Economy – Jennifer Russell
- Lessons Hard Won: How the Reman Industry Can Help Inform the Circular Economy – Chris Cloutier
The Golisano Institute for Sustainability is a leading sustainability research, development, and technology deployment unit within RIT. GIS consists of academic programs in sustainability and a diverse set of applied research centers, sponsored programs and initiatives that focus on industry and government collaboration on the deployment of new technologies for more efficient and sustainable products, processes, and systems.
On this tour, get a behind the scenes look at technologies being used for remanufacturing research, including additive and subtractive manufacturing, cleaning, and materials characterization.
Enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres in this receptions at the DoubleTree Hotel before dinner begins.
Through collaboration we can accomplish great things. During this panel discussion, experts from various industry associations will talk about what it takes to put on a successful Reman Day, advocate in the market, and collaborate to create a common understanding of our industry.
With an American National Standard for remanufacturing in place, RIC explored working toward an international standard for remanufacturing. The ISO process is complicated and requires dedicated experts to gain approval from a technical body and achieve consensus with a broad range of stakeholders. While RIC received constructive feedback from our preliminary effort to advance the ANSI standard to the ISO, several sector specific concerns need to be overcome. This working session will open the topic up to the audience for a frank discussion on whether an international standard for remanufacturing is desired, and if so, how to strengthen the ANSI standard to rekindle the work.
Remanufacturing offers great opportunities to contribute significantly to the economies of both developed and developing countries. This session will highlight the state of regional efforts to facilitate the development of reman production and supply chains and seamless trade, and how such efforts are addressing issues such as non-tariff barriers (e.g.) import bans, higher tariffs and fees, stringent regulation, certification and inspection requirements.
Session Chair: John Disharoon
Electronics remanufacturing has a variety of unique technical challenges that continue to become more complex, requiring more knowledge and technical education for the reman industry. This session will highlight innovative approaches to developing a successful electronics remanufacturing program.
Session Chair: Michael Thurston
- Remanufacturing Program Considerations for Electronics and Mechatronics – Robert German
- Pursuit of Perfection: Reman Process for Electronic Control Units – Rafał Słobodzian
- Condition Assessment of Electronic Boards – Nenad Nenadic
Additive manufacturing (AM) technologies have long been used in remanufacturing, but with the explosion of 3D printing technologies, new AM processes are rapidly hitting the market. This session will feature the various AM processes available for reman applications highlighting technical characteristics and economic factors.
Session Chair: Helene Pepin
- Cold Spray – Helene Pepin
- DED Additive: An Effective Technology to Restore and Remanufacture an Expanded Range of Metal Legacy Components – Tom Cobbs / Ken Vartanian
- Integrating AM Into the Manufacturing Floor Alongside Injection Molding – Arun Chowdry
The key to profitable remanufacturing strategies is an understanding of the properties of products easy to remanufacture. This session will highlight considerations and case studies where remanufacturing requirements were addressed through the design phase so that end-of-life products can be disassembled, cleaned, tested and reassembled with ease and profitability.
Session Chair: Erik Sundin
- Linking Business Models to Design for Remanufacturing – Erik Sundin
Industry 4.0 offers significant opportunities to reduce the cost of remanufacturing through higher levels of connectivity and efficiency. This session will focus on how new twists on old technology increase efficiency, reliability, and digitization of the remanufacturing process.
Session Chair: Michael Thurston
- Industry 4.0 in Reman – Helene Pepin
- Systems Approach to Facility and Processes – Salvador Corpus
Reverse logistics and returns management represent a significant opportunity for the industry to improve margins, increase reputation through responsible product management, and gain a competitive edge. This session will help attendees understand the value drivers in a reverse chain strategy and how they embed new approaches into their processes, technology and organization.
Session Chair: Nikos Papaioannou
- Core Management – Vaughn Henson
- Leveraging Big Data for More Reliable Products and Reduced Warranty Costs – Chris Cloutier
- Remanufacturing of Autonomous Vehicles – Ron Giuntini
The remanufacturing industry can only reach its economic potential through strong alignment between industry needs and a skilled workforce. Despite an improving economy and numerous programs, significant labor market challenges persist for both workers and employers. Attendees will learn from some of the leading WFD innovators in the US who are reframing and reimagining workforce development for larger scale solutions and more accountable outcomes for the remanufacturing industry.
Session Chair: Michelle Schlafer
The main purpose of cleaning during the reman process is to facilitate inspection and damage correction. Cleaning can require one or multiple processes including both manual and machine operations. Attendees will learn the latest innovations in aluminum cleaning.
Session Chair: Michael Haselkorn
- Aluminum Components – Closed-Loop Slurry Cleaning, Descaling, and Finishing – Fred Greis
- Cleaning in Remanufacturing: Reducing Costs with Optimized Processes – Stefan Thäter
- Aluminum Cleaning / Surface Finishing – Hugh McDaniel / Kim Kontra
Learn about Alstom’s infrastructure and programs to bring the latest technology to U.S. metro cars, and stop at the the “Grand Canyon of the East,” Letchworth State Park.
Alstom USA: For over 160 years, Alstom USA has provided mobility solutions to both private and public operators across the U.S., including the cities of New York, Chicago, Boston, and Washington, D.C. With global headquarters in France, Alstom USA Inc. develops, manufactures, and services railway systems and equipment such as metros, commuter trains, intercity trains, high speed trains, locomotives, wagons, and subsystems. Alstom operates one of its largest overhaul and modernization facilities in North America just 1 hour south of Rochester.
Letchworth State Park: Hailed as the grand canyon of the East and voted Best State Park in the United States in 2015, this park is one of the most scenically magnificent areas in the eastern U.S. The Genesee River roars through the gorge over three major waterfalls between cliffs–as high as 600 feet in some places–surrounded by lush forests.