Special Session at ETFA organised by RECLAIM


Call for proposals "Refurbishment and re-manufacturing of machinery in Cyber-Physical Production Systems"

RECLAIM is organising a special session as part of the 26th International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation.

Competitive manufacturing companies continuously increase the effectiveness and efficiency of their production processes and equipment. Refurbishment and re-manufacturing are activities of the circular economy model with purpose to retain the value of products and materials, thus instrumental to extend the useful life of assets and reduce the wasteful use of resources. These two activities, along with health status monitoring, constitute key elements for the re-use and extension of the useful life of industrial equipment.

The special session aims at discussing strategies to achieve this objective by focusing on the technological enablers supporting value retention throughout the industrial equipment lifecycle.

Topics under this session include (but not limited to)

  • Big data analytics, predictive analytics, and optimisation models using deep learning techniques, and digital twin models.
  • Models for informed decision about whether trefurbish, remanufacture, upgrade, or repair machinery that is towards its end-of-life.
  • Technologies and strategies to support a new paradigm for refurbishment and remanufacturing of industrial equipment in factories.
  • New concepts and strategies for repair and equipment upgrade and factory layouts’ redesign.
  • Optimal refurbishment and re-manufacturing of electromechanical machines and robotics systems.
  • IoT sensors, novel prediction, and process optimisation techniques to offer machine lifetime extension.
  • Innovative fog computing and augmented reality techniques combined with enhanced health monitoring and failure inspection and diagnosis.
  • Approaches for the servicing and upgrading of legacy equipment evaluation and demonstration of approaches in real industrial environments.

Aim of the session

The aim of the session is to bring together researchers and practitioners from the industry and academia and provide them with a platform to report on recent advances and developments in the newly emerging areas of refurbishment and re-manufacturing as technological enablers supporting value retention throughout the industrial equipment lifecycle.

Conference format

The conference will comprise multi-track sessions for regular papers, to present significant and novel research results with a prospect for a tangible impact on the research area and potential implementations, as well as work-in- progress (WiP) and industry practice sessions.

Submission schedule

Regular and special sessions papers
Submission deadline April 1
Acceptance notification May 6
Deadline for final manuscripts June 17


Work-in-progress/Industry practice papers
Submission deadline May 13
Acceptance notification June 10
Deadline for final manuscripts June 17

Do you have questions?

feel free to contact Joao Reis via jpcreis (at) fe.up.pt to clarify them.