For many automotive components, Remanufacturing can be the optimum solution to Total Life Cycle Planning. The ultimate result of Remanufacturing is the rebirth of the original product -- thereby completing the product life cycle by providing a new beginning. Not only are the raw materials preserved, but the functionality as well, by manifesting once again the original intent and purpose of the product. Proactive, upfront planning in the design stages of the original product -- “Design for Remanufacturability” -- can significantly contribute to the overall efficiency and effectiveness of this transformation, thereby enhancing the product life cycle.While providing a solution for life cycle planning, Remanufacturing facilitates environmental conservation and reduces overall life cycle support costs. It also increases life cycle efficiency, improves overall customer satisfaction, and offers many benefits to the Original Equipment Manufacturer, including the strengthening of original design efforts. Furthermore, quality is enhanced as innovative and creative “constant improvement” strategies are integrated in a proven science of reverse engineering.