An Integrated Approach for the Planning and Control of Flexible Retro-Production Systems

An Integrated Approach for the Planning and Control of Flexible Retro-Production Systems

Jurgen Hesselbach (Technical University Braunschweig, Germany) and Karsten V. Westernhagen (Technical University Braunschweig, Germany)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-930708-02-0.ch025

Abstract

While in the past only the product phases of development, production, distribution as well as use and service were considered, today, more complete consideration up to the end of a product life is common. Along with the demand for an environmentally-friendly handling of important resources, recycling of worn-out products, for example, in the automotive sector, electrical and electronic equipment, or industrial goods, will gain crucial importance in the near future. In addition, comprehensive environmentally-related legal demands force the industry to take recycling of products into consideration (BMU, 1999; EU, 1999; Griese, 1997; Seliger et al., 1997; Thierry et al., 1995). Additionally this includes several processes (Figure 1) of the post-usage phase, such as: • systematic take-back of used products to specific facilities, • definition of adequate recycling strategies, • dismantling of products, • reprocessing of components, • mechanical treatment, • reuse of components and utilization of materials as well as • redistribution of the recycled goods into production and secondary raw material market.

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