Inspection models for automotive parts remanufacture

  • Ross Stephen Harris

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Abstract

Remanufacturing can be classed as the act of bringing end-of-use products back to "like new" conditions with warranty to match. The field has been steadily growing in recent years due to a cultural shift towards sustainable practices. 'Inspection' is the action of assessing parts in order to determine the needed actions to bring them back to standard, and is a critical factor. Previous work by Errington and Ridley in this area have shown the necessity of increased structure and tools to aid automotive remanufacturing inspection. This aim of this research was to investigate the inspection issues faced by automotive parts remanufacturers within the UK and develop tools to alleviate the lack of guidance on inspection activities. Case study methods were used at five different companies to identify the issues, this included over-reliance on inspector expertise, difficulties in knowledge share, and an aging workforce. A 4-part model was developed to combat these issues, and was later validated through both industry and academic review, and an expert panel to ensure robustness and rjgour. This research was unique in that it approached inspection by focusing on the practices and methods rather than a business or strategic perspective targeting cost effectiveness rather than operational efficacy. The beneficiaries of this research include academia and industry, with academia furthering the building of benchmarking for inspection, and a new method of investigating inspection within remanufacturing. Industry can use this research to further refine their inspection practices and in training with new staff.
Date of Award30 Apr 2020
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University Of Strathclyde
SponsorsEPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)
SupervisorWinifred Ijomah (Supervisor) & James Windmill (Supervisor)

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