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Minimizing Uncertainty Involved in Designing the Closed-loop Supply Network for Multiple-lifecycle of Products
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Production Engineering, Machine and Process Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6590-7514
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Production Engineering.
2010 (English)In: Annals Of DAAAM for 2010 & Proceedings of 21st DAAAM Symposium: Intelligent Manufacturing and Automation / [ed] Branko Katalinic, Zadar: DAAAM International , 2010, 1055-1056 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

To ensure multiple-lifecycle of products through remanufacturing intervention requires a well-functioning closed-loop supply network. Generally, the unpredictability of quantity, timing and quality (physical/functional) of the returned products and demand fluctuation of the remanufactured products are the main sources of uncertainty of closed-loop supply network. To some extent, efficient recollection strategies and separate distribution channels for remanufactured products can minimize the uncertainty. Nevertheless, efficient recollection does not necessarily close the loop if the recovered products do not enter into the main stream of the supply network. Beside, products that are distributed through separate channels create an open loop. Thus, the problem of uncertainty remains unsolved. The aim of this paper is to propose solutions to minimize the uncertainty involved in designing a well-functioning closed-loop supply network using the system dynamics principle and tool.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Zadar: DAAAM International , 2010. 1055-1056 p.
Keyword [en]
Closed-loop supply network, multiple-lifecycle, remanufacturing, system dynamics, end-of-life product
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Research subject
SRA - Production
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-27736Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84904439162OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-27736DiVA: diva2:380379
Conference
Proceedings of 21st DAAAM Symposium
Funder
XPRES - Initiative for excellence in production research
Note

QC 20110105

Available from: 2010-12-21 Created: 2010-12-21 Last updated: 2016-05-23Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Resource Conservative Manufacturing: New Generation of Manufacturing
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2011 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The question of resource scarcity and emerging pressure of environmentallegislations have put the manufacturing industry with a new challenge. On theone side, there is a huge population that demands a large quantity ofcommodities, on the other side, these demands have to be met by minimumresources and with permissible pollution that the earth’s ecosystem can handle.In this situation, technologic breakthrough that can offer alternative resourceshas become essential. Unfortunately, breakthroughs do not follow any rule ofthumb and while waiting for a miracle, the manufacturing industry has to findways to conserve resources. Within this research the anatomy of a large body ofknowledge has been performed to find the best available practices for resourceconservation. Critical review of the research revealed that none of the availablesolutions are compatible with the level of resource conservation desired by themanufacturing industry or by society. It has also been discovered that a largegap exists between the solutions perceived by the scientists and theapplicability of those solutions. Through careful evaluation of the state-of-theart,the research presented in this thesis introduced a solution of maximizingresource conservation i.e., material, energy and value added, as used inmanufacturing. The solutions emerged from the novel concept named asResource Conservative Manufacturing, which is built upon the concept ofMultiple Lifecycle of product. Unlike other research work, the researchdocumented in this thesis started with the identification of the problem andfrom which a ‘wish to do’ list was drawn. The seriousness of the problem andpotential of adopting the proposed concept has been justified with concreteinformation. A great number of arguments have been presented to show theexisting gaps in the research and from that, a set of solutions to conserveresources has been proposed. Finally, one of the prime hypotheses concerningclosed loop supply chain has been validated through the system dynamicsmodeling and simulation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2011. 148 p.
Series
Trita-IIP, ISSN 1650-1888 ; 11-08
Keyword
Resource Conservative Manufacturing, Multiple Lifecycle, System Dynamics
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-40468 (URN)978-91-7501-112-7 (ISBN)
Presentation
2011-09-23, Brinellsalen M311, Brinellvägen 68, KTH, Stockholm, 13:00 (English)
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XPRES - Initiative for excellence in production research
Note
QC 20111004Available from: 2011-10-04 Created: 2011-09-15 Last updated: 2012-06-19Bibliographically approved

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