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
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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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