Title: Evaluating the impact of product eco-redesign on CLSC performances through a system dynamics approach

Authors: Mosè Gallo; Teresa Murino; Liberatina Carmela Santillo

Addresses: Department of Chemical, Materials and Industrial Engineering, University of Naples Federico II, P.le Tecchio, 80125, Naples, Italy ' Department of Chemical, Materials and Industrial Engineering, University of Naples Federico II, P.le Tecchio, 80125, Naples, Italy ' Department of Chemical, Materials and Industrial Engineering, University of Naples Federico II, P.le Tecchio, 80125, Naples, Italy

Abstract: This work deals with recovery of end-of-life products through the remanufacturing option. Remanufacturing aims at lengthening products' and/or components' life cycle, reducing waste and the use of natural resources. The design features of a generic product are crucial for its remanufacturability. Moreover a product redesign in a DfE perspective could heavily affect the capacity planning and, therefore, the profitability of a closed loop supply chain. The remanufacturing option has been analysed in a holistic way through a system dynamics approach. A causal loop diagram allows to highlight the relationships between the various interacting parts and/or variables of this process. A system dynamics simulation model allows to evaluate these links over time. An eco-redesign of a product significantly modifies its possibility to be recovered and remanufactured. Therefore, a redesign activity should be properly coordinated within the various actors of a reverse supply chain.

Keywords: remanufacturing; closed loop supply chains; CLSC; capacity planning; eco-redesign; system dynamics; eco-design; product redesign; product design; supply chain management; SCM; sustainability; sustainable development; product recovery; end-of-life products; EOL products; design for environment; DfE; simulation; modelling; reverse supply chains; supply chain coordination.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPQM.2016.076707

International Journal of Productivity and Quality Management, 2016 Vol.18 No.2/3, pp.191 - 2019

Available online: 23 May 2016 *

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