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International Journal of Product Lifecycle Management

International Journal of Product Lifecycle Management (IJPLM)

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International Journal of Product Lifecycle Management (4 papers in press)

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  • User needs in reverse logistics of electro medical equipment in a Product-Service System (PSS)   Order a copy of this article
    by Adriana Hofmann Trevisan, Carina Campese, Janaina Mascarenhas 
    Abstract: Product-Service System (PSS) and Circular Economy (CE) require Reverse Logistics (RL) network to return, recovery and maximize product lifespan. Those tree systems (PSS, CE, and RL) need to be designed from the consumer's perspective to be successful. However, few studies highlighted the role and the relevance of the users in RL in PSS context. In this sense, this research seeks to understand the user's needs to perform RL in a PSS. First, an initial case study was carried out with a company that manufactures and sells medical devices in Brazil. Then, multiple case studies were carried out in hospitals to collect on-site needs related to the context of use and return of medical devices. The identified needs were organized into seven categories. The results indicate that lack of agility in RL process can lead to critical situations within the hospital (e.g. lack of equipment to use), as well as the creation of stressful situations for all stakeholders involved in the process.
    Keywords: PSS; customer involvement; reverse logistics; circular economy; participatory design; medical advice; users´ needs.

  • Process-product risk propagation in a product development: from framework to simulator
    by Jelena PETRONIJEVIC, Alain ETIENNE, Ali SIADAT 
    Abstract: Development processes, from conceptual design to manufacturing, are the ones defining product characteristics. Due to this connection between design and manufacturing processes and their products, risk management should have an integrated view on the two. Studying a process or a product without considering both aspects cannot be satisfactory in modern production. However, risk management is usually product or process oriented. This paper aims at making the connection between the two. A framework, followed by the model and a simulator for integrated product and process risk management is proposed. The main goal is to represent process influences on product performance risk and its propagation through the product. The solution is based on FBS (Function, Behaviour, Structure) framework extended to consider process influence and modified SIR (Susceptible–Infected–Recovered) agent-based simulation for risk propagation. The application and the results are illustrated through the academic example of a hair dryer development.
    Keywords: risk management, risk analysis, performance analysis, risk interactions, development process, simulation

  • Product Lifecycle Management in the cottage industry: Development of software for the zellige sector
    by saad aberkane, youness farhane 
    Abstract: The study we propose in the present article revolves around the theme of the establishment of a Product Lifecycle Management within the zellige sector. So, the Zellige is a mosaic, used to decorate walls and sometimes also floors. Its realization passes through two essential stages: the preparation of the basic Zellige tile and the cutting of the primitive shapes from the basic tiles of Zellige. In the present article, we try to follow a three step approach. Firstly, we aim to identify the problem where technology can intervene namely the cutting problem. Secondly, we propose an algorithm to solve the identified problem and thirdly we try to transform the algorithm into software that will play the role of PLM within the zellige sector. Thus, the software will have input data based on several decorations and the customer must choose the type from an already elaborated database. Besides, He must provide the surface S to decorate in m². After this, the software is going to filter the shapes making up the decoration chosen and finally the software will present the combinations between the shapes of the same color and the number of shapes by color in each combination. The results of our software are the number of tiles that must be produced following the combinations between the shapes that make up the decoration according to the surface presented and the number of shapes that must be added to the stock.
    Keywords: PLM; waste; software; cutting; zellige; combinations; stock.

  • Maintenance optimization using intelligent Asset Management in electricity distribution companies
    by Sam Gontran Amelete, Raynald Vaillancourt, Georges Abdul-Nour, François Gauthier, Mohamed Gaha 
    Abstract: This article presents the effect of Industry 4.0 (I4.0) combined with Asset Management (AM) in improving the life cycle of complex systems in Electrical Energy Distribution (EED). The boom in smart networks leaves companies in this sector no choice but to adhere to I4.0. The contribution of I4.0 to the progress of AM in maintenance in EED will therefore be demonstrated by a case study using simulation. The case study will concern the benefits of using Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), the heart of smart grids, at Hydro-Québec Distribution (HQD), the primary supply authority in Quebec. The HQD network includes 4.3 million clients, on a territory of approximately 250,000 km2 and 680,000 overhead transformers. The results are conclusive: the number of outages will drop by 7% annually and maintenance costs will fall by at least 5% per year.
    Keywords: asset management; maintenance; industry 4.0; electricity distribution; smart grid; advanced metering infrastructure; AMI; stochastic simulation; artificial intelligence.