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REMANUFACTURING: sustainability trade-off between nature and industry?

Track: Sustainability

Date and Time: 14 Mar 2023 14:30-15:50

Organisers: Gabriele Marchello, George Michalos, Emanuele Frontoni, Sotiris Makris

Main questions to be answered: Why remanufacturing only in the last years and which (technological and/or economical) barriers have prevented its development before?

Additional questions: There are already some success stories in terms of remanufacturing applications that show the trade-off between its environment and industrial sustainability?

Additional questions 2: Considering the urgent shortage of materials and climate changing, which concrete actions can the industry, public sector and R&D follow-up on to further promote getting remanufacturing by robotics and AI be further improved with respect to their single current applications?

Workshop Description: Starting from shortage of materials and climate changing, this WS discovers how remanufacturing, enhanced by robotics and AI (R&AI), is poised to revolutionize numerous industries for coping with those worldwide challenges. From sports equipment to industrial robots and electric motors, learn how streamlined production, reduced waste and improved efficiency can benefit businesses and the environment alike. The WS will present the remanufacturing from point of view both of experts in the research and industrial sectors, exploring the vast potential of remanufacturing for cross-industry adoption. In particular the technologies, barriers, sustainability and impact will be investigated during the discussion with people who are already working on remanufacturing and have a long-term vision even, if remanufacturing is a newly born field.

Intended Outcome: Workshop covering material new to ERF that the Robotics community should engage with, Workshop discussion topics of common interest, success stories, use cases, etc, Workshop expected to create a roadmap or white paper, Novel format (e.g. interactive matchmaking session for technologies and applications)

Approach: 80min-long workshop The attendees will be involved in the discussion starting from the aforementioned statements and questions that lead the audience to realise much more perspectives than currently expected and/or known. In order to stimulate the discussion about the focus of the workshop, an online interactive system will be employed: – Mindmap(s), (virtual) sticky notes or similar – Poll(s) to get a quick feedback – Expert panel discussion(s) – Feedback round(s) with attendees as Mentimeter (see below), so the people can work collectively while the presentations happen and that materials collected will be exploited for the final discussion. Members of the audience will access the platform, where they will have the opportunity to answer questions about soft materials manipulation. The results will be displayed as histograms, giving the audience the opportunity to discuss them. Moreover, the audience will have the chance to leave free comments, which will be processed by creating a word cloud. It will highlight the hottest themes that the audience may discuss. Both tools are available online at the following websites: Finally, the presentations and related discussion will bring new ideas (some ones that are the state of art, while some other ones coming in the next few years), which will help the attendees to broad their vision/knowledge about the soft material manipulation trend. 10min WS introduction: Why remanufacturing? 15min remanufacturing advances in RESEARCH: – LMS – TECNALIA – CEA – IIT 15min remanufacturing advances in INDUSTRY: – NIDEC – REFURB – CAMPETELLA – DECATHLON 40min Moderated discussion and conclusions – Sustainability and Barriers? – Successful stories? – Actions?

Contributors: 1. Gabriele Marchello, Postdoctoral Researcher, Italian Institute of Technology, confirmed, Presenter and Discussant, 2. George Michalos, Project Manager, Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems & Automation (LMS)/MEA, Confirmed, Presenter and Discussant 3. Christophe Leroux, Manager European Affairs in AI and robotics, CEA, invited, Presenter and Discussant 4. Ferdinando Cannella, Industrial Facility Coordinator, Italian Institute of Technology, confirmed, Presenter and Discussant 5. Mikkel Labori Olsen, Consultant – Robotics, TEKNOLOGISK INSTITUT, Confirmed, Discussant 6. Germano Veiga, Centre Coordinator, INESC TEC – INSTITUTO DE ENGENHARIADE SISTEMAS E COMPUTADORES, TECNOLOGIA E CIENCIA, confirmed, Discussant 7. Alfio Minissale, EU Project Manager, Comau SPA, Confirmed, Discussant 8. Pierpaolo Rotondi, technical director, Decathlon, Confirmed, Presenter and Discussant 9. Elia Campetella, CEO, Campetella Robotic Center s.r.l., Confirmed, Presenter and Discussant 10. Andreas Muller, Professor, Johannes Kepler University, Invited, Presenter and Discussant 11. Jon Onativia Bravo, Head of Flexible Manufacturing Robotics / Industry and Mobility, Tecnalia, Confirmed, Discussant 12. Emanuele Frontoni, Professor, University of Macerata, Confirmed, Presenter and Discussant 13. Alberto Landini, Project Manager, STAM s.r.l., Confirmed, Discussant