Remanufacturing plays a crucial role in today’s pursuit of a Circular Economy. However, implementing  successful remanufacturing within an industrial value chain is very challenging due to the process optimisation, design considerations, and business model adaptation involved. The RESTORE project addresses those challenges.

RESTORE is committed to transforming the remanufacturing landscape by developing sustainable processes, materials, and digital tools. By considering the challenges of remanufacturing implementation, RESTORE will contribute significantly to the transition towards a Circular Economy, fostering a more sustainable and resource-efficient industrial sector through a variety of activities.

RESTORE will introduce sustainable by design remanufacturing processes and materials, alongside supporting tools for the digitisation of the remanufacturing ecosystem or value chain. RESTORE focuses on advancing promising state-of-the-art cladding technologies, including laser direct energy deposition (DED) and plasma transfer arc (PTA), tailored for sustainable remanufacturing applications. To enhance deposition rates for large-scale applications, the project aims to develop a novel hybrid process combining DED and PTA.

RESTORE seeks to produce wire feedstock with recycled content and design a wire feeding system integrated with an auxiliary feeding system to directly transfer machining swarf or unused powder into the melt pool. This innovative approach will pave the way for zero-waste remanufacturing technology at a reduced cost.

The RESTORE platform will foster greater traceability, transparency, and efficiency in the remanufacturing process, empowering stakeholders to make informed decisions and optimise their operations. The digital collaborative space will serve as a centralised hub for data sharing and collaboration, promoting informed decision-making and guiding the optimal remanufacturing of industrial products and components.

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RESTORE’s strategic objectives

The RESTORE’s strategic objectives (SO) encompass a comprehensive approach towards sustainable cladding processes, digital automation, and remanufacturing platforms:

• SO1: Emphasises the development of sustainable cladding processes and consumables, underscoring a commitment to environmental stewardship and resource efficiency.

• SO2: Seeks to leverage digital tools to enhance automation, fostering efficiency and precision in manufacturing operations.

• SO3: Aims to create a RESTORE platform dedicated to remanufacturing, reflecting a dedication to circular economy principles and the reduction of waste.

• SO4: Focuses on scaling innovative business models tailored specifically for remanufacturing, facilitating widespread adoption and impact.

• SO5: Underscores the importance of demonstrating the efficacy of the RESTORE remanufacturing technology solution and platform, showcasing tangible outcomes and paving the way for further advancements in sustainable manufacturing practices.

Project Key Facts

  • Project Start: January 2024
  • Duration: 48 months
  • Funding: RESTORE is funded by the European Union: HORIZON-CL4-2023-TWIN-TRANSITION-01-04 under grant agreement number 101138775.

Partner Organisations

The project consortium consists of 20 international partners:

EWF (Project Leader), IRIS SRL, Fraunhofer SCAI, Dalforsan, Parida Consulting, Navtek, Welding Alloys, IREPA Laser, Gsmc (Inventage), Flowphys as, Aerobase Innovations AN, Endurance Spa, Centro Ricerche Fiat Scpa, Phd Controlled Solutions Ab, Msc Scanning, EIT Manufacturing North AB, Cranfield University, Lucchini Unipart Rail Limited, Technovative Solutions Limited, Intellegens Limited.