Reoccurring Cyclic Consideration of End-of-Life Requirements During Product Planning

ICORD 11: Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Research into Design Engineering, Bangalore, India, 10.-12.01.2011

Year: 2011
Editor: Chakrabarti, A.
Author: Orawski,Robert; Hepperle,Clemens; Mörtl,Markus; Lindemann,Udo
Section: Eco-Design, Sustainable Manufacturing, Design for Sustainbility
Page(s): 533-540

Abstract

Life cycle costs are mainly defined by the early phases of the life cycle. With the need for longer usage time and a more environmental conscious society, the final phases of the life cycle are gaining in importance. Many methods and tools (e.g. Sustainable Product Development) address sustainability aspects in these late phases.The intention of this paper is to identify how these methods take into account the early planning of products and how companies are affected by reoccurring, cyclic utilisation of these methods and tools. Through analysing different methods for reoccurring procedures and discussing them with companies, it can be stated that end of-life requirements should be implemented systematically considering multiple projects and that planning processes of companies are missing this opportunity for better results by means of omitting implementation of the analysed methods in the early planning

Keywords: End-of-life, Early planning, Product life cycle, Reoccurring cycles, Integrated product development, Sustainable development

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