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Integrating design for remanufacture into the design process : the operational factors

Hatcher, G.D. and Ijomah, Winifred and Windmill, James (2013) Integrating design for remanufacture into the design process : the operational factors. Journal of Cleaner Production, 39. pp. 200-208. ISSN 0959-6526

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Abstract

The concept of ‘design for remanufacture’ (DfRem) originates from the understanding that decisions made during the design process may have a considerable effect upon the efficiency and effectiveness of the remanufacturing process. As well as the technical factors relating to DfRem – physical product properties and characteristics – it is also important to determine and explain the operational factors that affect the integration of DfRem into a company's design process. This paper presents the findings from case study research into these operational factors, providing a ‘wider picture’ of DfRem integration. Our case studies of three original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) from the UK mechanical industry sector have led to the identification of significant external and internal operational factors including design priorities, OEM-remanufacturer relationships and designer motivation affecting these companies. The paper then goes on to discuss future work that will contribute towards enabling OEMs to assess their company maturity with regards to design for remanufacture.

Item type: Article
ID code: 41776
Keywords: remanufacturing, design for remanufacture, operational factors, integrating design , design process , Engineering design, Environmental Science(all), Strategy and Management, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
Subjects: Technology > Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General) > Engineering design
Department: Faculty of Engineering > Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management
Faculty of Engineering > Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Technology and Innovation Centre > Sensors and Asset Management
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Depositing user: Pure Administrator
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2012 16:59
Last modified: 27 Mar 2014 10:39
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/41776

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