Abstract

This paper presents a technique to analyze the design efficiency of a product at both ends of the life-cycle. The design efficiency is measured using a Design for Disassembly Index (DfDI). DfDI uses a disassembly tree (DT) which relies on the structural blueprint of a product. The DT can be used to identify precedent relationships that define the structural constraints in terms of the order in which components can be retrieved. DfDI can be used to compare the merits and drawbacks of different product designs. The index offers designers with an important measure to help improve future products. We provide a comprehensive procedure for developing the index and demonstrate its application through an example.

Notes

Originally published in the Proceedings of the 1999 Annual Meeting of the Northeast Decision Sciences Institute, Newport, Rhode Island, March 24-26, pp. 189-191, 1999

Keywords

Disassembly index (DfDI), Disassembly tree (DT)

Subject Categories

Recycling (Waste (etc.))

Disciplines

Engineering

Publisher

Omnipress

Publication Date

1999

Rights Information

Copyright 1999, Surendra M. Gupta

Rights Holder

Gupta M. Surendra



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