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In remanufacturing, we apply the same quality standards as for new parts and strictly adhere to the dimensions of the original drawing and specified tolerances.
Highly concentrated, Henrik aligns the measuring probe in the bore of the connecting plate. A pallet with identical parts is waiting for check-up next to him: "I have to check every single connecting plate of this batch. All of them have been running for years and have just arrived from disassembly," he explains. As a specialist in quality assurance, Henrik holds a key position: He is responsible for the final decision, whether a used and refurbished single part can be reused for the reassembly of a component or not.
Depending on the component and measurement requirements, Henrik and his colleagues have a wide variety of testing equipment at their disposal: Their scope ranges from simple calipers to internal fine measuring devices and fully automated 3D measuring machines. The possible tolerance range also determines the choice: "If there is a wide tolerance range, I can quickly measure by hand. More complicated issues, however, require automated measurements. This is the case with surface coatings, for example."
But yet Henrik's job involves much more than only measuring: "I find multi-facetted project work particularly exciting. Whenever we add new parts to our portfolio, we have to examine, how to apply the measurement requirements with the existing equipment. In such cases, we may have to procure additional fixtures or even new measuring devices," he explains. Furthermore, Henrik has to elaborate test schedules and programmes for the different machines.
All activities take place in close coordination with the internal product departments. Our question about the cooperation workflows with other departments makes Henrik smile: "We get along very well. In fact, we are troublemakers ourselves sometimes, for example, when we don't release single parts that are needed in assembly for technical reasons. In this respect, others are quite happy, if they don't hear that much – no news is good news”, he adds with a grin.