The automotive industry has responded to stringent legislation concerning disposal of materials by joining forces. IDIS, the International Dismantling Information System was originally developed by 10 European car manufacturers and was intended to provide dismantlers with valuable information for an environmentally-sound treatment of end-of-life vehicles (ELV). This has subsequently grown into the IDIS 2 Consortium representing 23 automotive manufacturers, including all major manufacturers from Europe, Japan, Korea and the United States.
The IDIS 2 Consortium has developed software which allows visualisation of the components of cars and contains a database of 450 vehicles (around 30 000 parts) for all 23 manufacturers. The IDIS software consists of two modules:
Right: A screen from the IDIS software showing the different materials (colour coded) used for exterior fittings of a Smart Car. The data available for each component includes the material, its mass, the fixings, the tools needed for its removal and the method.
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