Dr Bin SongSenior Scientist
Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech), Singapore
Remanufacturing Research: State-of-the-art and Future Directions
Remanufacturing is a process to restore used products to as-new status. Studies have found that it recovers the waste materials and preserves the value from original products, and hence is widely recognized as a key enabler for sustainable manufacturing. Along with the intensified emphasis on sustainable development since the beginning of this century, Governments and industry have increasingly recognized the importance and potential of remanufacturing. Systematically planned large-scale research programmes on remanufacturing were arguably initiated from 2011 in Singapore, China, and other parts of the world. The focused research areas of the programmes cover the technological challenges across the life cycle of remanufacturing. Included are methodology and solutions for design for remanufacturing, remanufacturability analysis, inventory management, planning and scheduling as well critical technologies for remaining life estimation of used parts and specific salvaging processes. The state-of-art, and the need for future research are discussed on the major areas deemed essential for the future growth of remanufacturing industry.
Dr. Bin SONG is a Senior Scientist in the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech). He obtained his Ph.D in mechanical engineering from Queen Mary College, University of London in 1990, and his B.Eng from Northeast University, China in 1982. Since 2007, he has been leading a team of researchers developing novel methodologies and tools for advancing sustainability in manufacturing, and actively promoted sustainable manufacturing to the industry. In collaboration with 7 Government agencies, 8 industrial associations, and 28 companies, the team had successfully established the Sustainable Manufacturing Centre (SMC) of SIMTech in 2009. He served as the founding director of SMC from 2009-2012 and carried out over 20 research and industry funded projects on sustainability assessment and management, developed the graduate diploma course on sustainable manufacturing, and led the multi-disciplinary research programme in remanufacturing. His current research is on life cycle engineering and management focusing on cyber-physical models, tools and systems for sustainable manufacturing.
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