The amount of WEEE is increasing annually because of increased wealth and shorter lifecycles. At the same time, manufacturing companies are forced to collect, recycle and recover all types of electrical goods they produce. Besides the ecological aspects, remanufacturing with complex electromechanical components has a high potential for economical benefits in the circular economy. Currently, the economical downside lays in high costs for pre-processing and disassembling used products with high variant complexity and unclear damage state. Modern technologies can tackle these issues. We are especially interested in developing Machine Vision and Disassembly Sequence Planning techniques for pre-processing, flexible job shops and flexible robotic disassembly processes for extracting valuable components, as well as evaluating sustainable and economical impact of the whole system.
*We offer participation as a researching entity and/or project lead for a consortium.*
The Chair of Production Metrology and Quality Management at the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) of RWTH Aachen University under the direction of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Robert Schmitt works and researches on the industrialization of operational processes in production engineering.
Industrialization is the collection of relevant and objective data and their feedback and utilization in the operational context of control loops. The measurement data recorded in networked manufacturing and assembly processes are analysed and prozessed in virtual models, while quality management is used to create suitable structures for targeted use. The result is the realization of capable processes with predictable results in defined time.