Sustainable value network and reverse logistics configuration

Objective

The objective is to provide a reverse logistics service for remanufacturers which starts as early in the reverse supply chain as possible. Basing on a digital app, information on used parts is collected from the last usage environment of an old part. This information is shared via the DigiPrime platform for optimizing the reverse supply chain, deciding on circular usage scenario for the used parts and improving the remanufacturing production by using data out of the usage environment of the products.

Methodology

A mobile app allows to collect information on the location and condition of used parts directly from its last usage environment (e.g. automotive workshop). The digital sensors of the device and AI can be used to simplify the process for end users and make data more reliable. The digital collection of information is linked to the ability of conducting physical reverse logistics for used parts so that an optimization can be achieved and a service offer can be provided to remanufacturers.

Outputs

• “Reverse last mile problem”: Optimized reverse logistics flow of used car parts from small locations such as automotive workshops.
• Network planning and simulation for reverse logistics.
• Decision on circular usage scenario and granting of incentives possible before used part is transported.
• Bundling of reverse transport volumes of several product types and producers.
• Access to specific information on product type, condition and failure protocol out of last usage environment (e.g. error codes and testing protocol from vehicle OBD test equipment) for reman producers.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme, DT-ICT-07-2018-2019 “Digital Manufacturing Platforms for Connected Smart Factories” topic, under Grant Agreement ID 873111