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Life-Cycle Information Feedback to Product Design
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2552-3636
2012 (English)In: Proceedings of the 5th Swedish Production symposium (SPS'12), The Swedish Production Academy , 2012, 99-105 p.Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

A key to sustainable product development is to consider the entire product life-cycle, as well as the requirements on product design in the different life-cycle phases. Improvements in product design can be based on information feedback from the product life-cycle. The aim of this paper is to identify sources of information from the product life-cycle for product design, as well as what benefits the retrieval of such information feedback can have for the product development process. The method udes for this paper was a literature review, utilizing the Scopus and Science Direct databases. Feedback information on the design phase can stream from the product life-cycle phases of manufacturing, use, service and edn-of-life. The feedback includes objective and subjective data from customers, users, service technicians and company staff involved in the product life-cycle. The feedback from the product life-cycle needs to be managed well, and relevant information should be available to the product development team in the design phase. Sucg information flows are valuable in supporting the design of products to facilitate the entire product life-cycle.

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The Swedish Production Academy , 2012. 99-105 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-87524ISBN: 978-91-7519-752-4 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-87524DiVA: diva2:589521
Conference
5th International Swedish Production Symposium (SPS 2012), 6-8 November 2012, Linköping, Sweden
Available from: 2013-01-18 Created: 2013-01-18 Last updated: 2016-04-12Bibliographically approved
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1. Exploring Product Life-Cycle Information Flows with a Focus on Remanufacturing
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Exploring Product Life-Cycle Information Flows with a Focus on Remanufacturing
2014 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Our daily lives and welfare rely heavily on products. Considering that climate change is caused by humans, it is important to handle and use products in a sustainable manner; remanufacturing is one such way to accomplish this. Remanufacturing is an industrial process where products are restored into useful life. However, few products are designed for remanufacturing, which sometimes makes remanufacturing impossible or difficult to perform. Traditionally, the design focus has been on the manufacturing and use phases. The product life-cycle perspective, however, is required to obtain a more sustainable product life-cycle.

As the remanufacturing process is characterised by process steps such as inspection, disassembly, cleaning and reprocessing, the often labour-intensive remanufacturing process has specific requirements on the design. Further, the remanufacturing process is characterised by uncertainties such as when used products are expected and what state they will be in when they arrive. Information from the product life-cycle such as drawings and service reports could potentially facilitate the remanufacturing process. Further, feedback from remanufacturing to product design could improve the design of the next generation of products.

The objective of this thesis is to identify and analyse product life-cycle information flows with a particular focus on remanufacturing.

The design research methodology framework has been used to outline, plan and support the research. Previous research in the area has been assessed through a literature study, while the case study methodology was applied for carrying out the empirical studies. The data collection methods used in the case studies were semi-structured interviews, workshops and document analysis.

The result from the literature study shows that feedback such as suggestions for improvement from remanufacturing personnel, process data, and data about wear on components could help to improve the design of the next generation of products. Further, design changes could lead to a more efficient remanufacturing process. The three industrial cases presented in this licentiate thesis fail to explore the full potential of remanufacturing feedback to product design. All in all, remanufacturing is sufficiently included in the information flows of the product life-cycle. Design for remanufacturing is not applied in any of the industrial cases studied.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2014. 61 p.
Series
Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Thesis, ISSN 0280-7971 ; 1669
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-107496 (URN)10.3384/lic.diva-107496 (DOI)978-91-7519-296-3 (ISBN)
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VINNOVA
Available from: 2014-06-13 Created: 2014-06-13 Last updated: 2016-04-12Bibliographically approved

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