Abstract

In this paper, we examine the tradeoffs between increasing the number of buffers and increasing the capacity at the remanufacturing stations under numerous circumstances on such performance measures as expected total cost, average WIP inventory, throughput and average processing (remanufacturing) time when the remanufacturing stations are operating in uncertain environments. We model the remanufacturing system using an open queueing network with finite buffers and unreliable servers. In order to analyze the queueing network, we use the decomposition principle and expansion methodology. Each server in the system is subject to breakdown and has a finite buffer capacity.

Notes

Published in Proceedings of SPIE v. 4569, Originally published in Proceedings of the SPIE International Conference on Environmentally Conscious Manufacturing II

Keywords

Remanufacturing, Recycling, Disassembly, Production planning, Inventory control, Reusable rate, Disposal, Open queueing network, Expansion methodology, Throughput, Throughput approximation, Buffering, Capacity

Subject Categories

Production engineering

Disciplines

Engineering

Publisher

SPIE

Publication Date

2001

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Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers



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