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Smart Remanufacturing - A focus on robotic disassembly as an enabling technology

Distinguished Research Seminar Series

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  • Date

    22 Sep 2022

  • Organiser

    Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, PolyU; Research Institute for Advanced Manufacturing (RIAM)

  • Time

    08:00 - 09:30

  • Venue

    Online via ZOOM  


Prof. Duc Truong Pham


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Remanufacturing is the process of returning a used product to at least the same condition as the original product. Remanufacturing is sustainable manufacturing, helping to save resources (raw materials, energy, water, etc.), reduce greenhouse gas emissions and avoid the need for landfill space. Remanufacturing is part of a circular economy. Disassembly is the first operation in remanufacturing. How disassembly is undertaken can affect the efficiency and capability of remanufacturing. Disassembly is labour intensive and difficult to automate due to variabilities in the condition of the product at the end of its service life. Efforts have been spent on introducing intelligent robots in disassembly to make remanufacturing ‘smarter’. Like other applications of Industry 4.0 automation technologies, this should lead to increased productivity, reduced failure rate, more resource-efficient operations and improved product quality and working environment.

This seminar will cover research conducted as part of the 5-year Autonomous Remanufacturing (AutoReman) research programme funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council at the University of Birmingham. In addition to fundamental research into disassembly science, the work has also involved developing and using tools and techniques typical of those in the era of the fourth industrial revolution to allow disassembly to be reliably performed by machines.

AutoReman has produced results relevant to researchers in robotic assembly and disassembly, and in remanufacturing and recycling. The control strategies developed for disassembly robots to adapt to uncertainties are usable in other robotic applications including assembly. The proposed autonomous disassembly techniques can be employed for efficient recycling as well as remanufacturing. Without a doubt, AutoReman has taken the first steps to help usher remanufacturing into the digital age.

Keynote Speaker

Prof. Duc Truong Pham

Prof. Duc Truong Pham

Chance Professor of Engineering,
Department of Mechanical Engineering,
School of Engineering,
College of Engineering and Physical Sciences,
The University of Birmingham, 
Birmingham, B15 2TT, United Kingdom

Duc Truong PHAM holds the Chance Chair of Engineering at the University of Birmingham.  His research is in the areas of intelligent systems, robotics and autonomous systems and advanced manufacturing and remanufacturing technology.  He has published over 600 technical papers and books and has graduated more than 100 PhD students.  He is a recipient of several awards including five prizes from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Automation Congress and a Distinguished International Academic Contribution Award from the IEEE.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Learned Society of Wales, the Society for Manufacturing Engineers, the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.  He is the founding editor of the Springer Series in Advanced Manufacturing, the founding editor-in-chief of Cogent Engineering and the editor-in-chief of the International Journal on Interactive Design and Manufacturing.  

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