Innovation by Nabil Nasr
Industrial Engineer's quarterly column about sustainability and innovation (March 2011)
Several columns back we looked at remanufacturing (aka “reman”), the industrial process that returns a product to as-new condition, meeting the original quality and performance standards.
After decades of relative obscurity, reman is emerging as a vital factor in sustainable production. It enables much of the value-add component to be recovered at that product’s end of life. Reman keeps nonrenewable resources in circulation for multiple lifetimes. This conserves up to 80 percent or more of the original raw materials, labor and energy embedded in the product.
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