Effective age of remanufactured products: An entropy approach

Vijitashwa Pandey, Deborah L Thurston

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Product take-back and remanufacturing systems are difficult to implement cost effectively. One contributing factor is the complex nature of the inter-relationships among components of a product. Modeling of these relationships helps determine the product's overall performance as a function of the performances of individual components. Reliability, a commonly used measure of performance, is a good measure of the physical failure rate, but it does not always reflect value degradation as experienced by customers or experts. As a result, it is difficult to define the effective performance of remanufactured products when some components are reused while others are not. Legislated take-back mandates across the world increasingly make it necessary to understand this perceived performance. In this paper we propose a method for combining customers'/experts' assessments of value degradation using the maximum entropy principle. This value degradation information is then coupled with the components' failure rate information. A method for modeling performance of a product that is comprised of components of different ages is presented. Overall performance is measured in units of time (effective age) by aligning with that of a product that has never been disassembled. We demonstrate the approach using a personal computer as example.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)310081-310089
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Mechanical Design, Transactions Of the ASME
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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