Dr Shanshan Yang
Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Centre
Dr Shanshan Yang is currently working as a Development Scientist at Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Centre (ARTC). Her research focus is on investigating product EOL market and strategy (reuse/refurbish/remanufacturing) in Asian region and promoting sustainable production for Factory of Future. In the meantime, she is also looking at the use of advanced manufacturing technique (Laser Metal Deposition, Hybrid manufacturing, adaptive machining etc) for parts repair and restoration, in order to increase the remanufacturing uptake across different industry sectors and prepare remanufacturing for the upcoming Industry 4.0 trend.
She received her PhD degree from Graduate School for Integrative Science and Engineering, National University of Singapore (NUS), with the expertise and research focus on Product Design for Remanufacturing and Remanufacturability Assessment, advised by Professor Andrew Nee Y C and Professor Ong S K. She has also spent one year in Sustainability, Golisano Institute of Sustainability, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), as a Visiting Scholar and worked with Professor Nabil Nasr on material selection for product design for remanufacturing and End-Of-Life (EOL) strategy planning at early design stage.Revolutionizing Technology Adoption for the Remanufacturing Industry in the Digital Age
Remanufacturing is a key enabler for sustainable production due to its effectiveness in closing the loop on material flow, extending product life cycle and reducing production waste and emission. It is the process of returning an EOL product to ‘as-new’ condition, through the processes of disassembling, cleaning, inspecting, reconditioning, replacing and reassembling the components of a part or product and thus provides a material recirculation loop within the product system.
My recent research focus on investigating product EOL market and strategy (reuse/refurbish/remanufacturing) in Asian region through collaborating with AIST Japan and KITECH Korea. The research looks at remanufacturing landscape in Asia, including technology trend, challenged faced as well as laws and standard applied to this industry. In the meanwhile, I am working on applying the advanced manufacturing technique (Laser Metal Deposition, Hybrid manufacturing, adaptive machining and intelligent machining etc.) for parts repair and restoration, in order to increase the remanufacturing uptake across different industry sectors and prepare remanufacturing for the upcoming Industry 4.0 trend.
My PhD research work have included developing decision support tools, to be used at early design stage, to analyze the feasibility of a product and its components for remanufacturing, and to facilitate the design of the product for remanufacturing. Meanwhile, the research work proposes a comprehensive approach, to be used at product End of Life (EOL) stage, to generate optimized recover plans for the returned products.