The innovative character of Adaptive Remanufacturing lies in the adaptability of the process in terms of time and content. Based on the sensor-monitored wear condition of components, preventive remanufacturing measures are proposed that are adapted to the situation. The performance of the capital goods thus ensured forms the basis for innovative business models to ensure long-term productivity. For example, wear parts such as filters or bearings can be monitored by sensors and repaired if necessary to maintain the agreed minimum performance of the machine.

Unlike predictive maintenance or prescriptive maintenance approaches, which seek to prevent machine failure, Adaptive Remanufacturing proactively aims to maintain an agreed minimum performance level, taking into account technical progress and the associated increase in the performance level of new machines. Adaptive Remanufacturing as an individually adapted maintenance strategy not only includes the optimum time for intervention, but also the optimum scope of the maintenance measure (increase in performance). By permanently maintaining a defined minimum performance or even marginal performance, new business models can be realized for capital goods such as machines or plants.