RIT was awarded a grant by the U.S. government's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to lead a strategic roadmapping process to identify remanufacturing research priorities and improve remanufacturers capabilities and competitiveness of U.S.-based firms.
Over the 24 month project, RIT, along with the lead collaborator, Remanufacturing Industries Council (RIC), will convene industry top experts from priority topic areas to inform key findings and recommendations.
Interested in becoming one of the leading voices in remanufacturing? Take the Remanufacturing Industry survey to tell us about your reman experiences and help lay the groundwork for the roadmapping process. As a benefit, you will obtain a comprehensive report at the conclusion of the survey that highlights the state of your sector and remanufacturing as a whole. You will also help shape the future of the industry and raise awareness of the strategic challenges facing the remanufacturing industry and identify a roadmap to address them.
How You Can Contribute
Become one of the leading voices in the development of the Reman Technology Roadmap by taking the survey to help inform our Roadmap recommendations. Once you complete the survey, you will have the opportunity to:
- Obtain exclusive, customized data to understand where you stand against your peers within your industry.
- Take part in developing the strategic direction and research priorities for the remanufacturing industry.
- Influence future government programs to advance remanufacturing and broaden its acceptance.
After the survey is closed, the data will be analyzed and you will receive a copy of your industry-specific report and an invitation to an intensive two-day Roadmap development workshop with key industry experts.Take the Survey
Reman Roadmapping Process
- Create an industry-led Remanufacturing Research consortium involving all sectors of the industry to build consensus around barriers to competitiveness and research priorities.
- Diagnose major cross-cutting challenges facing the industry over the next 20 years and deliver a Technology Roadmap with prioritized Research & Development action plans for overcoming those challenges.
24 Month Project Timeline
- June 1, 2015 – Roadmap project start and kick-off.
- June 2015 through February 2016 – Consortium formation and recruitment, set-up the advisory group and working group.
- November 2015 through September 2016 – Online remanufacturing survey. On-site assessments in each sector. In-depth report (i.e. white paper) showing current state of remanufacturing technology, industry-wide challenges and barriers to growth.
- Fall 2016 – Intensive two-day Roadmap development workshop with key industry experts.
- May 31, 2017 – Industry-wide rollout of Roadmap documents and completion of the Roadmap project.
According to the Remanufacturing Industries Council, remanufacturing is a comprehensive and rigorous industrial process by which a previously sold, worn, or non-functional product or component is returned to a "like-new" or "better-than-new" condition and warranted in performance level and quality.
Remanufacturing is not the same as recycling or repairing.
Some of the most commonly remanufactured product categories are aircraft components, automotive parts, electrical and electronic equipment, engines and components, medical equipment, office furniture, printing equipment, restaurant and food-service equipment.
Remanufacturing’s Economic Impact
Remanufacturing has been around for over 80 years, a $43 billion industry supporting 180,000 full-time U.S. jobs.
Remanufacturing offers tremendous cost advantages to businesses by recapturing the value-added to the product when it was first manufactured, at a fraction of the cost to build new.
Remanufacturing is the ultimate form of industrial sustainability by leveraging all the resources and energy to make manufactured goods.