Online Symposium on Innovation and Automation in Remanufacturing

The Environmental Campus Birkenfeld, in cooperation with FJW Consulting, organizes a series of bimonthly online conferences on the topic of innovation and automation in remanufacturing. The next conference will take place on the 10th of March.

In industrial remanufacturing, particularly in the automotive sector, old products are very successfully collected, dismantled, inspected, cleaned, reprocessed and reassembled. At the first edition of the online conference, two presentations will present best practices and new research findings. In a subsequent panel discussion, participants will be able to raise any questions they may have about remanufacturing.


Session 4 - 10.03.2021 - 17:00

The program will include the following 3 presentations:

Additive Manufacturing and Remanufacturing – made for each other. Perspective from the University of Bayreuth
By Professor Frank Döpper, Jan Koller, Chair Manufacturing and Remanufacturing Technologyand Christian Bay, Research Centre for Additive Innovations at the University of Bayreuth

In their presentation, they will match the challenges of modern remanufacturing with potentials and opportunities of additive manufacturing. Based on this, they will discuss future solutions for a sustainable application of additive manufacturing in the context of remanufacturing.

Additive manufacturing at ZF Aftermarket - key challenges for the Remanufacturing Industry
By Jirka Horvath, Director ZF Aftermarket, Operations Europe & EMEA & Operations Remanufacturing. Apra Europe Director.

Integration of Additive Manufacturing in Borg Automotive Remanufacturing Process
By Jesper Moberg, Borg Automotive Director, Business Development

Following the presentations, to animate the discussion, invited to comment is:
Dr Rachel Waugh, Technical Consultant, European Remanufacturing Council, Brussels

Meet the People Involved

Fernand Weiland

Fernand Weiland, FJW Consulting

Fernand Jean Weiland has spent 30 years in management positions with Bendix Automotive, Lucas Automotive, Magneti Marelli Automotive and TRW Automotive.

Fernand Weiland founded the APRA ( Automotive Parts Remanufacturer Assoc.)  European Division in 1989, serving as the division’s first chairman for more than 20 years.  Between 1990 and 2010 he organised a considerable number of APRA forums, workshops and exhibitions across Europe.

A co-founder of the biennial ReMaTec remanufacturing exhibitions in Amsterdam, Fernand Weiland has written numerous articles for the ReMaTecNews magazine as well as editing five books about automotive remanufacturing in Europe. He was also instrumental in setting up APRA’s Asia-Pacific Division. Fernand was the 2019 winner of the ReMaTec Ambassador Award.

Wolfgang Gerke

Wolfgang Gerke, Trier University of Applied Sciences, Environmental Campus Birkenfeld

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Gerke is head of the Department of Robotics and Control as well as Professor at the Trier University of Applied Sciences, Environmental Campus Birkenfeld and 'Assistant Professeur Associe' at the University of Luxembourg. He also teaches at the AKAD University.  He is an expert in robotics and control and studied mechanical engineering at the University of Duisburg. He worked there for 5 years as a research assistant in the department of measurement and control engineering, where he acquired various research projects. In his doctoral thesis he developed methods for collision avoidance control of industrial robots. Before becoming a professor, he worked for more than 12 years in various companies such as Thyssen Engineering, ThyssenKrupp Encoke and Robert Bosch GmbH.  In the context of EU funded research projects he worked as a project manager at Roboter Bosch GmbH in the development department of robot controls. In industrial projects he developed sensor-guided robot controls with computer vision.  As head of the department for technical informatics at ThyssenKrupp Encoke, he developed information technology solutions for large industrial plants, such as the final assembly line for the Airbus 320/321. He gave numerous presentations at international conferences and published articles in many trade journals. He has written textbooks on assistance robots and electrical machines and actuators, and works as a reviewer for various research projects and papers. In 1997 he became professor at the University of Applied Sciences Trier, Environmental Campus Birkenfeld, where he established the department of robotics and control.

Matthias Vette-Steinkamp

Matthias Vette-Steinkamp, Trier University of Applied Sciences, Environmental Campus Birkenfeld

Matthias is currently setting up a working group for remanufacturing system technologies at Trier University of Applied Sciences, Environmental-Campus Birkenfeld. From March 2012 to February 2020, he was head of department at ZeMA - Center for Mechatronics and Automation Technology in Saarbrücken. At the same time, he is a lecturer for industrial robotics and human-technology interaction and head of the international research cluster Robotix-Academy. His research focuses on the automotive and aerospace industry as well as agile production.

His research interests focus on the application of robotics and automation in industrial production. In this context, he leads and contributes to a broad portfolio of innovation and technology transfer projects aiming at the introduction of robotics technologies in the production sector according to the Industry 4.0.

Jirka Horvath

Jirka Horvath, ZF Aftermarket

Jirka Horvath has spent nearly 20 years in different roles in ZF Aftermarket, TRW Aftermarket before acquisition. Jirka is actively supporting the industry as Director in APRA Europe. He started in finance and through several management positions including plant management now responsible as ZF Aftermarket Director for Operations EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) consisting of several spare parts distribution centers across whole region. In his role he is also covering Operations Remanufacturing – factories in Frydlant CZ and Wrexham UK. In ZF, remanufacturing has strong pedigree and is covering purely mechanical parts through mechatronics up to electronics remanufacturing. ZF has remanufactured in 2019 almost 1,5 million automotive parts (clutches, gearboxes, brakes, steering etc.) and saved more than 50.000 tons on CO2 emission by reusing its key components. This is an equivalent of 300 million km driven by an average passenger car! This is Jirka’s passion. His free time he spends with family and sport activities.


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