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A review on remanufacture of dies and moulds

Chen, Changrong; Wang, Yan; Ou, Hengan; He, Yan; Tang, Xianzhi


Changrong Chen

Yan Wang

Yan He

Xianzhi Tang


Dies and moulds, which are essential tools for manufacturing engineered products, usually fail or become obsolete after a certain period of use for a variety of reasons. Thus, they often need remanufacture. The objectives of this paper are to review the current state of the art in remanufacture of dies and moulds and to investigate the potential benefits and opportunities associated with remanufacturing. In this paper, the benefits of introducing remanufacture into the die and mould industry are firstly discussed. This is followed by a summary of the unique characteristics of remanufacturing of dies and moulds compared to those of other products. Industrial repair strategies of the main types of dies and moulds are examined. Key technologies needed for remanufacture are then reviewed in detail including welding repair technologies, remaining useful life evaluation methods, and reliability analysis. Finally, challenges and opportunities facing the industry and academia are discussed in order to draw several key conclusions.


Chen, C., Wang, Y., Ou, H., He, Y., & Tang, X. (2014). A review on remanufacture of dies and moulds. Journal of Cleaner Production, 64, doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2013.09.014

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 8, 2013
Online Publication Date Sep 18, 2013
Publication Date Feb 1, 2014
Deposit Date Nov 3, 2017
Journal Journal of Cleaner Production
Print ISSN 0959-6526
Electronic ISSN 1879-1786
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 64
Keywords Moulds repair; Remanufacture; Failure modes; Remaining useful life evaluation; Welding technology
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