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June 17, 2020 eConnection
June 17, 2020  

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Online Symposium on Innovation and Automation in Remanufacturing

APRA backs Online Symposium on Innovation and Automation in Remanufacturing – you are invited (free for all)




APRA Reman Veteran Fernand Weiland together with Professor Wolfgang Gerke and Dr. Matthias Vette of Trier University of Applied Sciences/ Environmental Campus Birkenfeld are inviting again to a follow up Symposium but which due to the corona virus will be performed in 2020 online. The objective of the conference is to demonstrate how the revolution in traditional remanufacturing processes is being driven by innovation and automation.


The organisers are delighted to have the support of ReMaTec, APRA, FIRM and ERC (European Remanufacturing Council).


The 2020 Online Symposium will include regular bi-monthly video presentations each followed by panel discussions. The first video conference will be held on Tuesday July 7th at 17:00 CET, duration 1.5 hours.


The program will include the following 2 presentations:

Remanufacturing Future – by Thijs Jasink of Alec GmbH, who will focus on what challenges do we face with future electronics and it’s remanufacturing. What are the latest developments of electronics. Where are the opportunities after the COVID-19 epidemy and what will the future hold/look like for remanufacturing.

Agile Production Control in Dynamic Remanufacturing Systems – By Sebastian Groß of the Environmental Campus Birkenfeld, who will focus on flexibility which is one of the highest goals in modern (re) manufacturing systems. To achieve this vision and to remain competitive in the future, it is necessary to realize an agile intralogistics. In addition, special systems for production control are necessary, which on the one hand take into account the special requirements of remanufacturing and on the other hand can handle the new flexibility requirements.

For this purpose, the Robotics and Control Group of the Environmental Campus Birkenfeld has developed a novel agile production control systems for dynamic remanufacturing systems. The system uses AI-based optimization algorithms for AGV and machine scheduling, resulting in a significant reduction of throughput time. Furthermore, the system can react autonomously to unexpected events and uses real-life feedback from the shop floor.


Following the presentations, to animate the panel discussion, invited to comment are:
Michael Hague-Morgan co-owner of Autocraft Solutions Group Limited and Dr. Daniel Köhler Chairman of APRA Europe.
The Video-Audience will also be invited to ask questions.
The organisers would be pleased to welcome you to this event if you wish more information please Email to:
fernand.weiland@t-online or w.gerke@umwelt-campus.de..
To attend the Symposium, you must register under:
www.umwelt-campus.de/en/online-symposium-on-remanufacturing


APRA partners with DLS Worldwide

APRA has partnered with DLS Worldwide to bring you discounted shipping rates.

The program has been going quite well for nearly a year now and many APRA member companies have been taking advantage of the abundant carrier options and significantly reduced rates.

Based in Chicago, DLS Worldwide handles both domestic and international shipments and specializes in moving remanufactured equipment and replacement parts throughout the lower forty eight states and to and from the Canadian provinces.



Their proprietary logistics platform provides instant online access to the industry’s best rates from over 75 qualified carriers with national range and reach. They have also negotiated some impressive carrier concessions for APRA members.


  • They specialize in moving remanufactured parts and equipment.
  • They offer $10 lift gate and limited access fees through R&L Carriers
  • They have procured special pricing through a variety of carriers for core exchange
  • They have reduced tariffs for extreme length, oversized and double skid shipments.
  • They provide a zero-deductible, full-coverage insurance option for remanufactured parts and equipment.

To gain access to APRA pricing & carrier concessions – call Steven P. Haas at 1-612-296-1806 or reach him online at steven.haas@rrd.com . He will get your account approved and you will be equipped to ship that very same day.



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