One of the main strategies to achieve sustainable, green production is a circular economy. To close material life cycles, the EU is currently passing multiple legislations that regulate reparability, recycling quotas, and digital product passes for a range of products. Substantial financial and ecological potential lies in remanufacturing of components and materials. Design for Disassembly (DfD) is a useful tool in this context and an emerging field of research. Moreover, the implementation of automated disassembly systems will enhance conventional manual systems and enable a wider range of strategies, such as remanufacturing, to scale it into a profitable business case.
Today, product design and designing for end-of-life are still separated in common practice even though “smart” product design and adapted production systems are the most powerful tools to facilitate practical end-of-life revalorization. This summer school aims to overcome this barrier and make product designers and system planners aware of their potential impact.
Students will learn:
- when and why to use DfD.
- how can design make reusing, remanufacturing, repair, recycling easier.
- how automated, flexible remanufacturing systems can be used to implement efficient remanufacturing.
- what are practices in the industry today (especially the automation of systems).
- how can opposing goals be overcome (i.e. designing for long life vs. DfD).
- how can longer lifecycles (including repair or redesign by users) be facilitated.
Further goals of the summer school:
- Encourage formation of networks between the universities regarding green technologies.
- Encourage exchange about own fields of studies.
- Encourage sharing of learned information and experience through participants.
Day 0: Sunday: Arrival and networking
Day 1: Monday: Introduction to circular economy: design and assembly in manufacturing
Day 2: Tuesday: Disassembly Mapping
Day 3: Wednesday: Automated remanufacturing systems and redesigning a product for disassembly
Day 4: Thursday: Remanufacturing (dis-)assembly systems
Day 5: Friday: Closing day with presentations and networking