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Energy Globe World Award 2019

Finalist in the category Air



Project:
EconX - Knorr-Bremse TruckService's industrial remanufacturing gives old products a second life
Submitted by:
Knorr-Bremse Systeme für Nutzfahrzeuge GmbH
Country:
Czech Republic


Knorr-Bremse evolved to a major player in the remanufacturing business offering high quality heavy duty reman products for commercial vehicles under the brand name „EconX“. All worn parts are exchanged, updates to conform to latest serial technology can be made and all products are thoroughly tested before re-selling them to the market.

Initial situation
Although the company has over 70 years of experience in the remanufacturing of some products, this was never pursued strategically, only locally and for a few product groups. In 2014, the importance of this business field and the possibility to extend a product‘s life via industrial remanufacturing were recognized and an own department was founded.

Solution
All remanufacturing capabilities were bundled in a new specialized remanufacturing plant in Czech Republic to enable an industrial remanufacturing process under serial conditions. In 2015, the plant was opened centralizing reman processes, e. g. core (old, used products) receipt and sorting, disassembly, cleaning and reconditioning. Reassembly and end-of-line testing is either done at the reman plant or at the original serial lines at other plants, depending on the product group to maximize utilization of all assembly lines.

Innovation
Knorr-Bremse patented several of its cleaning and reconditioning process steps that were specifically developed by its engineers. The company actively participates in research projects, currently for example in the publicly funded project ASPIRE with Fraunhofer Institute and other industry partners to improve the cleaning of components for higher reusability rates. Additionally, damaged cores are photo-documented with their rejection reason via tablet computers, generating a PDF report with an overview of rejected cores for the customers.

Category Air

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