The time when flights were cancelled, trains were delayed and elevators broke down may soon be over. Today, products are able to predict their own future. Thanks to predictive maintenance, they can forecast failures before they occur.
For most businesses, it’s not feasible to create a ‘perfect’ circular product from the get-go. New research from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation identifies three areas that could be the good starting points for circular designers.
Recovering, reprocessing, remanufacturing and redistributing parts was not an economically beneficial option for manufacturers in the post-industrial revolution linear economy. The picture in the first part of the 21st century is very different, and an increasing number of companies have identified the opportunities of adopting remanufacturing as a larger part
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Si de nombreux secteurs sont parvenus à optimiser leurs moyens de production, ce n’est pas encore le cas des hôpitaux. Les équipements médicaux, comme les scanners ou les IRM, restent inutilisés en moyenne 58% du temps. Si leurs coûts d’acquisition et d’installation sont souvent très élevés, leur durée d’exploitation est
Circulate on Fridays: increasing repair, library of things Toronto & what ‘peak stuff’ means for designers
Every Friday, Circulate rounds up a collection of interesting circular economy related stories and articles. This week, we’re looking at how easier access to parts could mean more repair, why tool libraries aren’t dead yet, and what ‘peak stuff’ could mean for designers. PartPic could make repair and maintenance easier
A new report from the European Remanufacturing Network (ERN) has presented an outlook for remanufacturing across the EU. The topline figures present a fairly familiar story. Remanufacturing is profitable in many industries, provides skilled employment, and saves resource and energy use – but remains undervauled and underused.
An innovative remanufacturing technique, developed by Ford, could transform the lifespan of old engines that previously would have been scrapped, but now could be restored ‘as new’. The company says that the new process delivers like-new engines at 50% of the cost in terms of CO2 emissions and uses fewer raw
This year’s Disruptive Innovation Festival brought together thought-leaders, entrepreneurs, businesses, makers, learners and doers to catalyse system-level change for a future economy. The three-week online event, curated by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, gave attendees an abundance of opportunities to explore the economy through a different lens, with the circular economy
Axion Consulting and multinational corporation Philips have started a six-month research project, called ‘CircMed’, to investigate the potential for refurbishment and remanufacturing business models to benefit UK hospitals, in particular by being applied to medical imaging and ultrasound equipment.