RIC News: New Reman Report Released, Global Reman Day, REMADE Institute Update and more...
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   Reman Register Newsletter

October 2018

Thanks to everyone that participated in the 2018 RIC-RIT World Remanufacturing Conference and congratulations to our 2018 Remanufacturing ACE Awards winners.

RIC Chairman John Disharoon traveled to Yokahama, Japan to attend the World Circular Economy Forum where RIC  Director Nabil Nasr released the remanufacturing report, Redefining Value – The Manufacturing Revolution. Remanufacturing, Refurbishment, Repair and Direct Reuse in the Circular Economy. This report details how important remanufacturing is to our economy and the environment. More information on this report can be found below.

On another note, Global Reman Day is less than six months away. Check out our first t-shirt design contest and encourage your teams to participate. The winning design will be used on the 2019 t-shirt that will be available when the Reman Day store opens in early February. A big thank you to America’s Remanufacturing Company for making it possible to have first, second and third place prizes. Be sure to include Reman Day in your 2019 budget planning.

I hope you enjoy this month's newsletter.  I welcome your feedback and any industry  news you'd like us to share.

Warm regards,

Jenn Brake

Director of Marketing & Membership

New Remanufacturing Report Affirms the Importance of Reman for the Economy and Environment
Re-defining Value – The Manufacturing Revolution. Remanufacturing, Refurbishment, Repair and Direct Reuse in the Circular Economy
Remanufacturing Industries Council Director, Nabil Nasr, released a new report on behalf of the United Nations Environment Programme's International Resource Panel (IRP), at the second World Circular Economy Forum in Yokahama, Japan on October 23, 2018. The report, Redefining Value – The Manufacturing Revolution. Remanufacturing, Refurbishment, Repair and Direct Reuse in the Circular Economy, assesses resource efficiency and innovation in the circular economy.

Nasr worked with a team of researchers to examine the automotive parts, heavy-duty offload machinery and industrial printing equipment sectors. Members of the Remanufacturing Industries Council that represent these sectors participated in the study supporting the report.

The report introduces the overarching term, Value-Retention Processes (VRP), which describes manufacturing processes that retain value within a circular system (versus linear system) - and details the superior benefits of Remanufacturing.

Time to Start Planning for Reman Day 2019
Reman Day 2019

Global Reman Day is a day to advance the entire remanufacturing industry by increasing awareness through company hosted events and workforce development initiatives.

There are lots of ways to celebrate Reman Day. What is most important is that your event exposes more people to the industry and shows them the benefits of remanufacturing.

To get started, we have put together the article, "Planning Your Reman Day is as Easy as 1,2,3!" This article will help you to:

  1. Determine the type of event you want to host.
  2. Register your event at
  3. Spread the word about your event.

Reman Day T-shirt Design Contest

We are excited to announce our first Reman Day t-shirt design contest. This contest is open to all artists, young and old. Prizes will be award for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. Enter by December 11, 2018 for your chance to have your design featured on the 2019  Reman Day t-shirt. We are looking forward to seeing all of the creative designs coming our way!

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Reman Day T-shirt Contest
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REMADE Institute

REMADE Institute Releases Its Second
Call For Projects

REMADE is in the process of releasing its second call for proposals, which includes several topics that should be of interest to remanufacturers.

The remanufacturing topic in the upcoming call seeks new processes which can significantly increase component reuse yield in remanufacturing processes. This topic includes improving existing repair processes to significantly increase salvage yields, or the development of new processes that enable new component salvage opportunities including increasing the number of times that a component can be reused.

Product design is also a major focus of REMADE, and the second project call will also include a topic that is focused on developing improved engineering tools that implement “design for remanufacturing” criteria. The goal of this topic is the development of tools to automatically evaluate designs with respect to lifecycle criteria, including ease of disassembly and repair, and propose design alternatives that offer quantifiable benefits to the remanufacturing process.
Reman ACE Awards
2018 Remanufacturing ACE Awards Winners
Meet the 2018 Reman ACE Award Winners
Three winners were announced on September 19, 2018 for the prestigious Remanufacturing ACE Awards. With over 150 remanufacturers in attendance, the awards ceremony took place during a networking reception and dinner at the RIC-RIT World Remanufacturing Conference in Rochester, New York.

The event was emceed by Vaughn Henson, Vice Chair, Remanufacturing Industries Council and General Manager, SRC Logistics. In Mr. Henson’s opening remarks, he spoke about the growing participation for the Reman ACE Awards and the sustainability of the awards demonstrated by their second presentation.

Remanufacturing ACE Awards trophies were presented to each of the winners along with a scholarship, one in honor of each winner, to award within their communities, encouraging future industry leaders to become more engaged with remanufacturing before graduation.

Without further ado, the 2018 ACE Award winners are:
John Disharoon of Caterpillar Inc. is a strong global advocate for remanufacturing. Through his roles at Caterpillar and Chairman of the Remanufacturing Industries Council, he endeavors to support and grow remanufacturing around the world.

Donald Chenevert, Jr., Deputy General Counsel, SRC Holdings Corporation, chaired the RIC committee that successfully developed, launched and gained approval of the official ANSI standard for Remanufacturing.  This consolidated multiple definitions and created an environment of greater understanding and collaboration within the Remanufacturing community.

Dr. Matthew Hudson, Dean of Technical Education, Ozarks Technical Community College, developed and implemented new remanufacturing courses offered by the college, covering fundamental remanufacturing principles like core management, inspection and cleaning, salvage and reclamation, repair, and preventative maintenance.

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Industry News
FDA Public Workshop on Medical Device Servicing & Remanufacturing
Remanufactured & Refurbished Parts: Busting myths surrounding their impact on new product sales
The FDA has announced a public workshop on medical device servicing and remanufacturing, which will occur on December 10-11 in Washington, D.C. The FDA will also be discussing opportunities for collaboration among medical device servicing and remanufacturing stakeholders.
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WABCO Opens New American Headquarters
RIC Member, WABCO, opened new American headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan. The $20 million building reflects a new culture at WABCO and new priorities for the future.
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RIC Member, Chris Cloutier, Sustainability Director, CoreCentric Solutions, authored the white paper, Remanufactured & Refurbished Parts: Busting myths surrounding their impact on new product sales. He presented the paper at a recent Ellen MacArthur Foundation CE100 meeting.
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Remax World Expo
Tricia Judge, Executive Director, International Imaging Technology Council (I-ITC), shared information on global Reman Day during Remax World Expo in Zhuhai, China.
RIC Director Spotlight
William Schofield

William Schofield
Advanced Electrical & Motor Controls

What do you do in your current role?
I am a principal in a group of independent companies focused on providing obsolete and vintage parts and replacements for US made electrical distribution equipment.  Many of our solutions involve providing reconditioned or remanufactured components.  I started many years ago at the sandblaster and have not forgotten the importance of everyone and every task to the mission.  Today I help drive the mission.

How long have you been in the remanufacturing industry?
This will be my 26th year in this industry. My very first job on my own was to remanufacture 20 obsolete General Electric Magneblast circuit breakers (AM4.16-250-8H) for the US Navy at Port Hueneme.   These 5kV circuit breakers weigh 1200 pounds each and could theoretically be in operation 100 years thanks to “remanufacturing”.

What is your favorite thing about your job?
About once a week I hear someone say, “you cannot do that” or “there is no solution for that” and I prove them wrong.  Our 30 years of experience and largest collection of “cores” allows us to do things even the original manufacturers could not do.  Through additive technologies and innovation many times we “upgrade” or modernize old equipment to function like new. Our equipment is in critical locations across America from the White House to the Statue of Liberty to the MTV heading.  If they use electricity they have probably heard of us.

Why did you get involved with RIC?
I am fortunate to have had commercial success in my business endeavors.  That provides me the freedom to participate in organizations, associations and other entities which benefit the industry or the world.  I heard Dr. Nasr speak at a conference and he impressed me as being the voice of “reman” as well.  His one comment that reman is “resetting the odometer to zero” was an epiphany for me and caused me to better understand the terminology.  In addition, it caused me to review all of the procedures and practices used in our business to be sure that we are in tune with others in our industry.   That in turn has made us a stronger business producing even better products.

Welcome New RIC Members
Two Rivers Marketing
Two Rivers Marketing began in 2000 with a team of marketing experts serving business-to-business clients in the industrial equipment manufacturing industry. Today we have grown to become a leading business-to-business agency providing strategic planning, advertising, brand management, creative services, media planning and buying, public relations, digital marketing, video production, social media, and content strategy and marketing to high-profile global companies in a variety of industries.

At the heart of our growth is a determination to understand the customer’s culture and industry, as well as their brand needs. Then we put the best marketers, designers, writers, researchers, and programmers to work creating marketing communications with the power to create real change.

We believe that great ideas are worthless without follow-through. And action without thoughtful purpose is wasted.

We take a thinking and doing approach. That means we’re not a consultant firm that comes up with ideas and strategies, or a shop that just executes projects. We’re both. We fuse our ideas and work together to reach a cohesive solution that best addresses our clients’ challenges.

Two Rivers Marketing is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. For more information, visit
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