The project

COMPASS aims to revolutionize the remanufacturing of sheet metal and thermoplastic composites

significantly reusing material waste for high-quality components production, and promoting a circular economy approach in the aerospace and automotive industries.

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Objectives and Ambition

The target is
to make the re-use,
recycling, recovery
more efficient

The COMPASS project aims at establishing a re-manufacturing process, based on reforming and supported by digital tools, to give components a second life without converting them to raw material.

  • Up to 90% of value lost, today
  • 98% end up in landfills
Overall concept

The Digital Product Passport

The overall concept is to develop a digital product passport that contains information about a component, enables the updating of this information along the whole life-cycle of that component, and makes the information available to enable efficient repair and high-quality end of life processes.

Three main modules are:

  • reforming of end-of life parts: the re-manufacturing process will consist of reforming end-of-life parts to give them a new shape;
  • digital component passport: the component passport will act as a container for the data and it will manage the access to the data;
  • tools for updating and using the digital component passport. These tools particularly address processes and decision- making during manual (MRO) operations, dismantling and re-manufacturing.

The shortcut

The COMPASS project aims at taking a shortcut from end-of-life waste to a new application
through a remanufacturing process based on reforming. The COMPASS project aims also at a technology that allows such direct reuse for  thermoplastic composites.

The project outcomes are:

  • suitably scaled green and digital technologies supporting remanufacturing, for circular value chains in industrial ecosystems;
  • remanufacturing of both components and products towards full circularity while retaining value or functions of components;
  • skills and education capabilities for remanufacturing.

A wider impact

addressing the digitalisation of value chains, by establishing a digital product passport that includes a 3D model of the component to enable its efficient, high-quality remanufacturing through (thermo-)forming processes. Moreover:

  • aerospace industry and CO2 savings through lightweight parts;
  • accelerate the twin green and digital transition of the manufacturing sector;
  • ensuring the recycling of high-quality alloys in non-aerospace sectors;
  • digital tools to make wind energy more green
  • standards for data exchange and use of secondary raw materials;
  • safety of aerospace spare parts;
  • new Business models;
  • social Impact – keeping humans in the loop;
  • environmental Impact – saving energy, CO2 and raw materials.
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of private investments in technology development and implementation of remanufacturing process

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increase in value of materials

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of sheet metal parts and thermoplastic composite panels remanufactured


the outlook in savings CO2

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