Inventory buffers in recoverable manufacturing

V. Daniel R. Guide, Jr., Rajesh Srivastava

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Abstract

Recoverable manufacturing is becoming an increasingly important alternative to firms as they develop environmentally sound strategies aimed at minimizing waste and resources. It helps minimize costs and conserve resources through methods such as extending product life cycles via remanufacturing which uses only a fraction of the resources and energy associated with a new product. In this study the creation and location of inventory buffers (delay buffers) and their impact on other managerial operating decisions is examined in the context of a remanufacturing environment. It is shown that inventory buffer decisions are significantly impacted by the method used to release parts from the disassembly stage to the remanufacturing stage within the remanufacturing environment. Based on observations and on discussions with managers in remanufacturing facilities several managerial propositions are stated. These propositions are examined, via a simulation model of an operating facility, and recommendations as to the inventory buffer to use in conjunction with the disassembly release policy (for parts) are made for the remanufacturing environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)551-568
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Operations Management
Volume16
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1 1998

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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Guide, Jr., V. Daniel R. ; Srivastava, Rajesh. / Inventory buffers in recoverable manufacturing. In: Journal of Operations Management. 1998 ; Vol. 16, No. 5. pp. 551-568.
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