Module reconfiguration management for circular factories without discriminating between virgin and reused products

Katsuya Urano, Shozo Takata

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    Abstract

    In the face of worsening environmental problems, the manufacturing industry is required to reduce environmental loads and resource consumption over product life cycles while also responding to diverse user needs and not increasing costs. In this paper, we consider a circular factory in which remanufacturing is carried out not as an auxiliary means but as an alternative to conventional manufacturing. In the circular factory, products are reconfigured using reused modules extracted from returned products and newly produced modules without discriminating between virgin and reused products. We discuss the optimal method to reconfigure modules in order to reduce costs and environmental load while satisfying various user needs. The proposed reconfiguration method is applied to copy machines to demonstrate its effectiveness.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationRe-Engineering Manufacturing for Sustainability - Proceedings of the 20th CIRP International Conference on Life Cycle Engineering
    PublisherSpringer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
    Pages603-608
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Print)9789814451475
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    Event20th CIRP International Conference on Life Cycle Engineering, LCE 2013 - Singapore, Singapore
    Duration: 2013 Apr 172013 Apr 19

    Other

    Other20th CIRP International Conference on Life Cycle Engineering, LCE 2013
    CountrySingapore
    CitySingapore
    Period13/4/1713/4/19

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    Keywords

    • Circular factory
    • Module reconfiguration
    • Remanufacturing
    • Reuse

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
    • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

    Cite this

    Urano, K., & Takata, S. (2013). Module reconfiguration management for circular factories without discriminating between virgin and reused products. In Re-Engineering Manufacturing for Sustainability - Proceedings of the 20th CIRP International Conference on Life Cycle Engineering (pp. 603-608). Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.