Title

Design for Disassembly and the Environment

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

1-1-1996

Abstract

The financial and environmental consequences of disassembly and recycling at the end of a product's life are studied. Analyses of a small coffee maker and some large domestic appliances are presented. It is shown that redesign proposals resulting from Design for Assembly analysis are compatible with Design for Disassembly and that significant improvements are achievable. It is also shown that optimization of the disassembly sequence is important in order to maximize any financial benefits, but that to minimize environmental impact considerations additional to Design for Disassembly should be taken into account. Criteria to determine the point at which disassembly should cease are discussed. © 1996 CIRP.

Publication Title

CIRP Annals - Manufacturing Technology

Volume

45

Issue

1

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