An entropy-based metric for product remanufacturability

Monsuru O. Ramoni, Hong Chao Zhang

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Manufacturing contributes heavily to environmental life cycle measures such as energy, material use, and water consumption through depletion and pollution. To lessen the environmental impacts, a number of initiatives have been developed. One of such initiatives is the used product take back, a process through which manufacturers collect used products and remanufacture them to like-new condition. However, remanufacturing of the used products at a modest cost is becoming a daunting task for many manufacturers due to the increasing complexity in many products. To mitigate this remanufacturing challenge, this paper develops a metric to quantify the remanufacturability incorporated into the new product at the design stage. The metric is based on entropy, a phenomenon well known in engineering.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2
JournalJournal of Remanufacturing
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012


  • Entropy
  • Metric
  • Remanufacturing


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