A web-based system for reverse manufacturing and product environmental impact assessment considering end-of-life dispositions

H. C. Zhang, J. Li, P. Shrivastava, A. Whitley, M. Eugene Merchant

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Widespread usage of electronic equipment and shortened product life cycles have challenged original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to handle End-Of-Life (EOL) product through environmentally benign reverse manufacturing and reusable resources recovery. This paper presents a web-based decision support and evaluation system for operations in remanufacturing and recycling including electronic product disassembly, materials recovery, and recycling management. An overall evaluation of the product's lifecycle environmental impact considering EOL dispositions is also provided. The system has been tested by a major computer manufacturer with computer systems including desktop, laptop, and server. Comprehensive product analysis and environmental impact assessment are discussed in the paper.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-8
Number of pages4
JournalCIRP Annals - Manufacturing Technology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004



  • Decision-making
  • Life cycle
  • Reverse Manufacturing

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