New from old: resource efficiency through remanufacturing

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A new film on the subject of remanufacturing has been released by the VDI Resource Efficiency Center, showing how small and medium-size companies (SMEs) can save materials and energy by reconditioning old components. It features two firms operating in the fields of vehicle technology and water meter production.
Faulty engines, old rear axles, worn gearboxes: Herrmanns Fahrzeugtechnik in Hailtingen takes the components of old car engines and completely dismantles, cleans and, in some cases, reconditions them. The result is a fully functional engine of the same or even higher quality as a comparable new product.

The approach taken to scrapped cars also works for worn-out water meters: around ten million water meters have to be replaced every year in Germany in compliance with the country’s calibration laws. Schelklinger Lorenz GmbH & Co. KG sees to it that the old meters can be reused: in a multi-stage process, old products are dismantled, cleaned, tested and reassembled. After successful remanufacturing, the products are ready to use again.

Reconditioning second-hand products allows the consumption of materials to be reduced by up to almost 90 percent. Not only do companies save on materials by doing this, they also cut the amount of energy used in the manufacture of new products, thereby reducing their production costs.

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