Not according to the DOD. Remanufactured does NOT mean that the components are brought to a condition that is an improvement over the original, only that they fully meet original specs in all aspects. The DOD considers a part modified from the field to fix a problem to be a “repair”.
Rebuilt means that it may not exactly meet original specs, but is just as good functionally. For example, a hole worn eccentric may be drilled larger and a larger shaft used. It no longer meets the OEM drawings, but it’s just as good.
I believe the definitions in question may be pat of DOD-480… It’s been a long time. But DOD-480 provides configuration control such that an OEM shaft made today can be shipped to a tank in the field and fit and function properly. Noncompliant parts can always be remanufactured if the part allows, such as an oversize shaft being returned to spec, but a repaired part requires evaluation and approval by the Defense Contract Administrator Services and possibly DOD engineers before being accepted. If you ask a DCAS rep to sign off on a repaired part, you’d damn well better have a damn good reason, and you’d damn well better be able to prove to him that it can never happen again. Yes, I was the engineer that interfaced directly with the DCAS rep. I did that for many years, and oversaw engineers that did that when I moved up to management.
The case you referenced sounds like it was a remanufacture to a design revision that was a solution to a problem. A part CAN be remanufactured to a later revision and reidentified. In industry, whenever a design change went into the Review Board for approval review, one of our requirements was for all parts in inventory and I process be identified. We would, as a part of the disposition of the ECO, determine whether it was necessary to do anything with the in process and inventoried parts. The term we used was “rework”, which is the same as remanufacture. The parts would be pulled, replaced with the new revision parts, and sent to be reworked to the new requirements.
Yes, I was a member of the “board” who had to approve the disposition of the WIP and the inventoried parts. I did it for about 20 years. To be accurate, I was the Chairman of the review boards. I was in manufacturing for 23 years total.