Disassembly efficiency improvements with active disassembly technologies

John Carrell, Hong Chao Zhang, Derrick Tate, Shiren Wang

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Abstract

DISASSEMBLY is an advantageous end-of-life activity that can promote reuse, remanufacture, and purer recycling of a product's subassemblies and components. The benefit of disassembly for small electronic products, such as modems, routers, and electric adaptors, has, however, outweighed by the processing costs because current disassembly methods require one-at-a-time processing. This limits disassembly for these products and thus limits the recovery of valuable materials and components from these products at end-of-life. Active disassembly (AD) has been a means to overcome this disadvantage by incorporating innovative fasteners and elements that can react with an outside stimulus to cause self disassembly of a product [1]. This in turn will allow for batch or mass processing of products for disassembly. This paper will thus focus on the benefits and efficiency gains in disassembly when products are fitted with AD fasteners. Seven electronic products that would normally not be disassembled at end-of-life are analyzed and their theoretical gains with AD are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2011 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, ISSST 2011
DOIs
StatePublished - 2011
Event2011 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, ISSST 2011 - Chicago, IL, United States
Duration: May 16 2011May 18 2011

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 2011 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, ISSST 2011

Conference

Conference2011 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, ISSST 2011
CountryUnited States
CityChicago, IL
Period05/16/1105/18/11

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