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Business drivers for remanufacturing
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Assembly technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Assembly technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2552-3636
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Assembly technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
2008 (English)In: Proceedings of CIRP Life Cycle Engineering Seminar , 15th edition, Sidney, Australia, 2008, 581-586 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In this paper the aim is to explore what drives companies to get involved in the remanufacturing operations. In the previous research there have been numerous case studies that partly have addresses the issue of why a company is getting involved in remanufacturing. A main conclusion from this study is that the motives for remanufacturing a product are very case-dependent e.g. in what industry sector the company have business in and what product type being remanufactured. In this study it is found that there are mainly three general business drivers for remanufacturing. These are: profit, company policy and the environmental drivers. For remanufacturing to be successful, these drivers are crucial, although it does not propose that all of theses drivers have to be present for a successful remanufacturing system. When combining the profit, policy and environmental factors there is a great potential for a win-win-win situation, meaning that the customer gets a quality product at a lower price, the manufacturer reduces their manufacturing costs and the environment gains from a lower environmental impact.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. 581-586 p.
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-13320ISBN: 1877040673 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-13320DiVA: diva2:18327
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15th CIRP International Conference on Life Cycle Engineering
Available from: 2008-05-27 Created: 2008-05-27 Last updated: 2016-04-12
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1. On Remanufacturing Systems: Analysing and Managing Material Flows and Remanufacturing Processes
Open this publication in new window or tab >>On Remanufacturing Systems: Analysing and Managing Material Flows and Remanufacturing Processes
2008 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The aim of remanufacturing is to retrieve a product’s inherent value when the product no longer fulfils the user’s desired needs. By taking advantage of this inherent value through different product recovery alternatives, there is a potential for both economically and environmental advantageous recovery of products.

Remanufacturing is a complex business due to the high degree of uncertainty in the production process, mainly caused by two factors: the quantity and the quality of returned products. These factors have implications both on the external processes, e.g. coordinating input of returned products with the demand for remanufactured products, as well as the internal processes that coordinates the operations within the factory walls. This additional complexity needs to be considered when organising the remanufacturing system.

The objective of this dissertation is to explore how remanufacturing companies can become more competitive through analysing and managing material flows and remanufacturing processes.

The first issue discussed in this dissertation is the drivers that make companies interested in remanufacturing products in the first place. The conclusion is that the general drivers are profit, company policy and the environmental drivers. In a general sense, the profit motivation is the most prevalent business driver, but still there are situations where this motivation is secondary to policy and environmental drivers. Secondly, the need to balance the supply of returned products with the demand for remanufactured products shows that the possible remanufacturing volumes for a product are dependent on the shape of the supply and demand distributions. By using a product life cycle perspective, the supply and demand situations can be foreseen and support is given on possible strategies in these different supply and demand situations. Thirdly, how used products are gathered from customers is categorised by seven different customer relationship types. These types all have different effects on the remanufacturing system, and the characteristics of these relationships are disused in detail.

When considering the remanufacturing process within the factory walls, a generic remanufacturing process was developed that divides the remanufacturing process into five different phases; pre-disassembly, disassembly, reprocessing, reassembly and the post-assembly phase. These different phases are separated by three different key decision points in the process that also have a major impact on the material planning of the process. For the remanufacturing material planning and production planning, the possibility to apply lean principles can be difficult. One foundation for implementing lean principles in new production is the existence of standardised processes that are stable and predictable. In the remanufacturing system, the possibilities to realise a predictable process is limited by the “normal” variations in quantity and the quality of the returned cores. Even though lean principles can be problematic to implement in the remanufacturing environment, this dissertation proposes a number of solutions that can be used to make the remanufacturing process leaner.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling, 2008
Series
Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Dissertations, ISSN 0345-7524 ; 1192
Keyword
Remanufacturing, After Market, Product Recovery, Lean Production, Production Economics
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-11932 (URN)978-91-7393-877-8 (ISBN)
Public defence
2008-06-12, C3, Hus C, Campus Valla, Linköpings universitet, Linköping, 10:15 (English)
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Available from: 2008-05-27 Created: 2008-05-27 Last updated: 2009-05-19

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