Selective disassembly and simultaneous end-of-life decision making for multiple products

Sara Behdad, Minjung Kwak, Harrison Hyung Min Kim, Deborah L Thurston

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Abstract

Environmental protection legislation, consumer interest in "green" products, a trend towards corporate responsibility and recognition of the potential profitability of salvaging operations have resulted in increased interest in product take-back. However, the cost-effectiveness of product take-back operations is hampered by many factors, including the high cost of disassembly and a widely varying feedstock of dissimilar products. Two types of decisions must be made; how to carry out the disassembly process in the most efficient manner to "mine" the value-added that is still embedded in the product, and then how to best utilize that value-added once it is recovered. This paper presents a method for making those decisions. The concept of a transition matrix is integrated with mixed integer linear programming to determine the extent to which products should be disassembled, and simultaneously determine the optimal end of life (EOL) strategy for each resultant component or subassembly. The main contribution of this paper is the simultaneous consideration of selective disassembly, multiple products, and the value added that remains in each component or subassembly. Shared disassembly operations and capacity limits are considered. An example using two cell phone products illustrates application of the model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationASME 2009 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE2009
Pages313-321
Number of pages9
Volume8
EditionPARTS A AND B
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009
EventASME 2009 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE2009 - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Aug 30 2009Sep 2 2009

Other

OtherASME 2009 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE2009
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period8/30/099/2/09

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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