13 partners from eight countries, coordinated by KTH Royal Institute of Technology from Sweden, have gathered to demonstrate the implementation of circular manufacturing systems within the industrial and business environment. It is a novel concept and an emerging paradigm in the context of Circular Economy (CE) where the manufacturing systems are designed to function as closed loops of products and materials. The manufacturing products become (at last) long lasting, easy to repair, refurbish, remanufacture and recycle.
For ReCiPSS, the European R&D project, the Romanian company Software Imagination & Vision (SIMAVI) is the main software developer and supervises the integration of two platforms – an IoT platform for the White Goods Demonstrator and a part data management platform for the Automotive Demonstrator. White goods are large electrical goods used domestically such as refrigerators and washing machines, typically white in colour.
ReCiPSS refers to Resource Efficient Circular Product Service Systems and has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 776577-2.
There are two large-scale demonstrators that include case studies from the white goods and automotive sector, represented by project partners Gorenje and Bosch. The project has the support from a unique consortium of experts from four research and nine industrial partners.
The purpose of ReCiPSS project is to successfully implement the demonstrators, to develop further circular tools/methodologies and to create ICT platforms allowing multiple life cycles for both cases: usage tracking or remote monitoring purposes in case of washing machines as well as value chain collaboration in case of automotive parts.
The white good demonstrator developed and implemented a pay-per-wash solution for 300 washing machines in four countries in Europe.
The automotive spare parts demonstrator supported the reverse logistics flow for 80,000 cores, enabling aftermarket stakeholders to close the loop by using a single service provider.
The real benefits are already beginning to show
The work done by SIMAVI team together with C-ECO partners contributed to the achievement in April 2021 of a big milestone for the ReCiPSS project and the automotive sector in implementing Circular Manufacturing Systems: Automotive parts demonstrator went live in Gottingen.
For the first time the ReCiPSS Automotive platform will be used to manage core return options from workshops via wholesalers to the remanufacturer in a “real-life” environment. This will optimize the logistics routes, increase the efficiency of core selection process and improve core return as well as acceptance rate.
Furthermore, the wholesaler will gain more transparency over its full stock of parts and will be able to take informed decisions in handling the financial implications.