The vision of ReBorn was to demonstrate strategies and technologies that support a new paradigm for the re-use of production equipment in factories. This re-use gives new life to decommissioned production systems and equipment, helping them to be “reborn” in new production lines. Such new strategies contribute to sustainable, resource-friendly and greener manufacturing and, at the same time, deliver economic and competitive advantages for the manufacturing sector. As a demonstration oriented project, ReBorn aimed at delivering industrial environment proven prototypes. A special feature was the versatility of these prototypes which can be integrated either modularly or within inclusive factory layouts. Furthermore, and in the light of ever increasing importance of knowledge based economy, the re-use and refurbishment approach gives rise to new business model opportunities in particular related to servitization.
The proposed paradigm built on self-aware and knowledge-based equipment that need functionalities to collect and manage information regarding their capabilities and their evolution over time, maintenance, upgrade or refurbishment operations over it lifetime; and information of use and wear. To do so, versatile and modular, task-driven plug & produce devices, with built-in capabilities for self-assessment and optimal re-use were implemented, along with strategies for their re-use and models for factory layout design and adaptive configuration.
• Harms & Wende GmbH & Co. KG
• 17 partners from 9 countries
(Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom)