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One Warrior Against Our Wickedly Wasteful Ways

Remanufacturing Modeling and Analysis

Published: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 11:49

(CRC Press: Boca Raton, FL) -- Oh, it’s new! I want it now. Ho-hum... what’s next? Consumers’ ever-growing appetite to acquire new products, and their short courtship with them, has kept manufacturers busy not only expending resources at an alarming rate, but also depleting these resources and giving rise to waste and pollution at a correspondingly increasing and disturbing rate.

Traditional manufacturing methods that use mainly virgin materials to produce new products and dispose of the used products at the end of their lives are quickly becoming unsustainable. In addition, regulations that require manufacturers to take back products and dispose of them responsibly have forced manufacturers to establish dedicated facilities for product-recovery systems that minimize waste and maximize remanufacturing and recycling.

Remanufacturing Modeling and Analysis (CRC Press, 2012) explores the design, planning, and processing issues encountered in remanufacturing systems, and provides examples of quantitative modeling methodologies to deal with them. The book covers the history, industry size and potential, comparison with other end-of-life options, benefits, conditions, challenges, and steps in a typical process. It provides a brief overview of each of the industrial engineering and operations research techniques used in the book and explains the models developed to increase the remanufacturability of product designs. The book also discusses how increasingly stringent environmental regulations and decreasing natural resources influence manufacturers toward more environmentally conscious manufacturing and product recovery initiatives.

With easy-to-use mathematical or simulation modeling that demonstrates solutions for each remanufacturing issue, the book helps practitioners understand how a particular issue can be effectively modeled, and how to choose the appropriate solution methodology. An in-depth look at quantitative analysis for remanufacturing systems, the book provides a foundation upon which to build a body of knowledge in this fast and growing area.


• Explains each remanufacturing issue through easy-to-understand mathematical or simulation models
• Proposes models that use goal programming, linear physical programming, and linear integer programming to design reverse and closed-loop supply chains
• Examines models that use linear integer programming, cost-benefit analysis, and linear physical programming for selecting used products
• Addresses the design, planning, and processing issues that arise in remanufacturing
• Discusses how increasing environmental regulations and decreasing natural resources push manufacturers towards environmentally conscious manufacturing and product recovery initiatives


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Planning Issues
Processing Issues


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