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Is the pace of technology development a threat or opportunity for sustainability?: the case of remanufactured industrial robots
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Sustainable development, Environmental science and Engineering, Water and Environmental Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6682-9239
2018 (English)In: Procedia CIRP, Elsevier B.V. , 2018, p. 247-252Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Remanufacturing has been identified as having much potential and providing a wide range of benefits. However, challenges remain for remanufacturing to be widely accepted, both from customers as well as within industrial firms. Business models for remanufacturing are complex and remanufacturing requires multiple competences across the firm. This paper is a study of the remanufacturing market for industrial products and is exemplified by a case study of a leading robot company in the US market. The study shows that rapid technology development impacts the remanufacturing possibilities and as such has an impact on sustainability. Technology development can be seen as a threat to remanufacturing e.g. making products become obsolete as well as leading to compatibility problems where it is difficult to find spare parts. Technology development also results in cheaper robots, making it difficult to provide economic incentives to buy remanufactured products. However, fast technology development can also be a possibility to firms that have well developed remanufacturing processes, as they are able to adjust to newer technologies. The study also points to the importance of cross-functional collaboration in the design phase of products, where remanufacturing needs to be considered. The article provides implications on how to manage rapid technology development in remanufacturing. 

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Elsevier B.V. , 2018. p. 247-252
Keywords [en]
case study, Remainfacturing, robot, sustainability, technology development, Commerce, Industrial robots, Robots, Sustainable development, Compatibility problems, Economic incentive, Industrial product, Rapid technology development, Remanufactured products, Remanufacturing process, Product design
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-247490DOI: 10.1016/j.procir.2018.03.313Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85054527198OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-247490DiVA, id: diva2:1302562
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10th CIRP Conference on Industrial Product-Service Systems, CIRP IPS2 2018, 29 May 2018 through 31 May 2018
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QC20190405

Available from: 2019-04-05 Created: 2019-04-05 Last updated: 2019-04-05Bibliographically approved

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