Title: Strategy-based approach to eco-design: application to an automotive component

Authors: Francesco Schiavone, Marco Pierini, Vincent Eckert

Addresses: Dipartimento di Meccanica e Tecnologie Industriali, Universita degli Studi di Firenze, Firenze, Italy. ' Dipartimento di Meccanica e Tecnologie Industriali, Universita degli Studi di Firenze, Firenze, Italy. ' Rieter Automotive Management AG, Winterthur, Switzerland

Abstract: The systematic integration of environmental consideration in product development is the object of research activities both in academic and industrial circles. This paper describes how Rieter Automotive is approaching this challenge: a methodological approach to integrate product innovation and strategic vision is presented, as starting point for the development of an assessment tool. An application to a panel for the trunk is also summarised. The results are showing promising opportunities for eco-efficient design of automotive components and validated decision making. This will support engineers during innovation tasks and product development, in order to find eco-efficient solutions by means of user-friendly methods.

Keywords: design for environment; DfE; eco-design; product development process; design methodologies; automotive components; vehicle design; Rieter Automotive; product innovation; strategic vision; truck panels.

DOI: 10.1504/IJVD.2008.017180

International Journal of Vehicle Design, 2008 Vol.46 No.2, pp.156 - 171

Published online: 17 Feb 2008 *

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