Drive and control technology, that is industrial automation, is not the sexiest industry imaginable, but for many production companies it’s a vital one. What’s more, it’s a sector which lends itself par excellence to new opportunities, especially when it comes to sustainable materials.
Recycling metal parts
SEW-EURODRIVE is one of the major players in the development of motion control and industrial gearboxes. They produce motors and gear motors, often referred to simply as ’drives’. These drive units are extremely suitable for reconditioning, or as the company prefers to say, ’remanufacturing’.The Dutch division has used this to develop a new approach to repair. In the event of a defect, clients can choose for remanufacturing for a fixed price. The drive is disassembled, the reusable parts and the new parts are put together and the whole is assembled as new. The drive is tested, given the same warranty as a newly engineered product, and is returned to the owner within three working days. The company remanufactures around 2000 ’old’ drives per year. Playing its part in the circular economy.
The Best Practices
Holland Circular Hotspot (HCH) wants to support international cooperation on the circular economy, with the aim of creating business opportunities and promoting the exchange of knowledge and innovation. In the magazine Circular Is Going Global - Join Holland's Flow you can read which circular best practices the Netherlands has to offer.