Circular economy

Turning old into new: A second life for vehicle components

Research News /

A huge number of used parts end up in the scrap yard for recycling every year. It is far more resource-efficient, however, to remanufacture alternators, starters and the like as part of a recirculation approach. This reduces waste, lowers the CO2 footprint and extends the service life of products. In the EIBA project, the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology IPK is developing an AI-based assistance system for semi-automated image-based identification of used parts without QR or bar codes. This will assist the worker with the sorting process so that more used components can be sent for remanufacturing.