European project RECLAIM

RE-manufaCturing and Refurbishment LArge Industrial equipment

Manufacturing is a pillar of innovation and growth for Europe, but outdated machinery and unplanned downtime can cause significant losses for companies and employees. Furthermore, by 2025, 15% of all material used in the European economy should be reused. The project will provide strategies and decision-making tools that accelerate the establishment of a circular economy and the development and deployment of digital technologies in manufacturing.A group of researchers and industry representatives from nine countries including Harms & Wende GmbH & Co. KG and Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum hopeto benefit the environment and the economy with new recycle and reuse techniques to reduce machine obsolescence and prove the advantages of high-tech refurbishment.

The project will focus on harnessing digital analytics, the Internet of Things (IoT) and circular economy strategies to improve predictive maintenance and upgrade legacy machines. Known as digital retrofitting, it could be key to staying one step ahead of possible disruption and production failures.

Harms & Wende is one of five key pilot sites testing RECLAIM across sectors – including welding, woodwork, textiles, robotics and footwear – before being proposed to an even broader range of potential clients. The demonstration cases are firmly focused on working with industry to meet their requirements and develop technologies with a bottom up approach. Armed with an approved set of technologies and solutions, the consortium intend to capitalize on a long term commercial potential for the tools and techniques developed.

As partner in the project, Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum is responsible for the exploitation of project results and the development of respective marketing and exploitation strategies in cooperation with the consortium. In addition, SEZ supports with the dissemination of results and is concerned with synergies with relevant national and European projects and stakeholders such as EFFRA, the European Association for Research in the Field Factories of the Future. The RECLAIM project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N°869884.

Project duration: 10/2019 – 03/2023

Participating countries: Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Switzerland, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom


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