Mechanical disassembly of end-of-life products

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With growing interest in the recovery of materials and subassemblies from consumer products at the end of their useful life, there is a need to develop decision-making methodologies that determine how to maximize the environmental benefits of end-of-life processing while minimizing recovery costs. Disassembling products is the most common mechanical procedure of current end-of-life treatment methods. Consequently, quantitative design evaluation from the disassembly perspective has received special attention in the research literature. Unfortunately the design of disassembly lines cannot be achieved by simply reversing the order of the mechanical assembly of the products involved. The aim of this paper is to demonstrate the similarities and differences of the assembly and disassembly processes through a practical real-world example.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMechatronics and Computational Mechanics II
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - Mar 7 2014
Event2013 2nd International Conference on Mechatronics and Computational Mechanics, ICMCM 2013 - Frankfurt, Germany
Duration: Dec 30 2013Dec 31 2013

Publication series

NameApplied Mechanics and Materials
ISSN (Print)1660-9336
ISSN (Electronic)1662-7482


Other2013 2nd International Conference on Mechatronics and Computational Mechanics, ICMCM 2013


  • Disassembly lines
  • End-of-life processing
  • Mechanical assembly

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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