Online Symposium on Innovation and Automation in Remanufacturing

In cooperation with FJW Consulting, the Environmental Campus Birkenfeld organizes an online conference series every other month on the topic of innovation and automation in remanufacturing. The next conference will take place on Feburary 8th at 17:00 CET. The title of the symposium is Remanufacturing-Industry 4.0 and AI.

Industry 4.0, the Internet of things and artificial intelligence methods have changed the world of production permanently. Production methods have been changed and optimized. Remanufacturing is characterized by manual work performed by well-trained employees. The shortage of skilled workers but also the switch to e-mobility threatens the established business models. On the other hand, the topic of circular economy is becoming increasingly important. To prepare companies for the challenges, we present innovations from the field of dismantling and remanufacturing. The aim is to provide new ideas and inspiration on how to work economically in the future and, if necessary, how to enter new markets.

Julia Dvorak will talk about recent reserach at KIT. For several years, the wbk Institute for Production Technology has been active in the research field of circular economy. In this presentation, an insight into the research work carried out at the wbk on the topic will be given. The addressed topics range from component diagnostics and production control in remanufacturing to the consideration of new, circular business models. Many of these topics build on top of product traceability, for which a guideline was created at the wbk.

Florian Hansen will talk about the work done on different projects that have been conducted at the CUTEC Research Center in Clausthal-Zellerfeld over the past few years. The main focus is on the automated (robot-based) disassembly of rotating electrical machines (alternator, electric powertrain). The work aims on realizing a non-destructive disassembly with the goal of ReUse / Refurbishment. At the CUTEC Research Center they would like to contribute to a more resource-efficient electromobility. 

Meet the People Involved

Julia Dvorak

Julia Dvorakwbk Institute of Production Science

Julia studied industrial engineering at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in both her Bachelor's and Master's degree. In addition to the KIT Master's degree, she also obtained the French Diplôme d'Ingénieur at Grenoble INP in the field of Product Engineering. Since October 2021, Julia Dvorak is a research associate at the department for production systems at wbk Institute of Production Technology, where she is primarily working on topics around the human in production, but also on general topics such as planning, control or technology planning.

Florian Hansen

Florian HansenCUTEC Clausthal Research Center for Environmental Technologies

Florian studied industrial engineering at Clausthal University of Technology and graduated as M.Sc. in 2019. His thesis is about the design and development of a modular LED lamp for Lighting-as-a-Service (LaaS). Since 2019, Florian Hansen has been working in the Department of Resource Technology and Systems at the CUTEC Clausthal Environmental Technology Research Center and is currently pursuing his doctorate in the field of design-for-X for the automated disassembly of electric powertrains. During his studies, Florian Hansen spent a semester abroad on Spitsbergen.

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.

Wolfgang Gerke

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

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Gerke is a Professor at the Trier University of Applied Sciences, Environmental Campus Birkenfeld and 'Assistant Professeur Associe' at the University of Luxembourg. He is an expert in robotics and control and studied mechanical engineering at the University of Duisburg. Before becoming a professor, he worked for more than 12 years in various companies such as Thyssen Engineering, ThyssenKrupp Encoke and Robert Bosch GmbH. He gave numerous presentations at international conferences and published articles in many journals.

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.

Past Sessions


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