Product resynthesis as a reverse logistics strategy for an optimal closed-loop supply chain

Chinmay Sane, Conrad S. Tucker

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Abstract

With continued emphasis on sustainability-driven design, reverse logistics is emerging as a vital competitive supply chain strategy for many of the global high-tech manufacturing firms. Various original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and multiproduct manufacturing firms are enhancing their reverse logistics strategies in order to establish an optimal closed-loop supply chain through which they can introduce refurbished variants of their products back into the market. While a refurbished product strategy helps to mitigate environmental impact challenges as well as provide additional economic benefits, it is limited to an existing product market, possibly a subset of the existing market, and fails to commercialize/target new markets. In addition to refurbishing, the alternatives available for utilizing End-Of-Life (EOL) products are currently restricted to recycling and permanent disposal. In this work, the authors propose employing a new EOL option called "resynthesis" that utilizes existing waste from EOL products in a novel way. This is achieved through the synthesis of assemblies/subassemblies across multiple domains. The "newly" synthesized product can then be incorporated into the dynamics of a closed-loop supply chain. The proposed methodology enables OEMs to not only offer refurbished products as part of their reverse logistics strategy, but also provide them with resynthesized product concepts that can be used to expand to new/emerging markets. The proposed methodology provides a general framework that includes OEMs (manufacturers of the original product), retailers (distributors of the original product and collectors of the EOL products) and third-party firms (managers of the EOL products) as part of a closed-loop supply chain strategy. The proposed methodology is compared with the existing methodologies in the literature wherein a third-party supplies the OEM only with refurbished products and supplies products unsuitable for refurbishing to another firm(s) for recycling/disposal. A case study involving a multi-product electronics manufacturer is presented to demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed methodology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication18th Design for Manufacturing and the Life Cycle Conference; 2013 ASME/IEEE International Conference on Mechatronic and Embedded Systems and Applications
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers
ISBN (Print)9780791855911
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013
EventASME 2013 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2013 - Portland, OR, United States
Duration: Aug 4 2013Aug 7 2013

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference
Volume4

Other

OtherASME 2013 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2013
CountryUnited States
CityPortland, OR
Period8/4/138/7/13

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Closed-loop Supply Chain
Reverse Logistics
Supply chains
Logistics
Recycling
Environmental impact
Sustainable development
Managers
Electronic equipment
Methodology
Economics
Strategy
Manufacturing
Emerging Markets
Sustainability

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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Sane, C., & Tucker, C. S. (2013). Product resynthesis as a reverse logistics strategy for an optimal closed-loop supply chain. In 18th Design for Manufacturing and the Life Cycle Conference; 2013 ASME/IEEE International Conference on Mechatronic and Embedded Systems and Applications [V004T05A017] (Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference; Vol. 4). American Society of Mechanical Engineers. https://doi.org/10.1115/DETC2013-12587
Sane, Chinmay ; Tucker, Conrad S. / Product resynthesis as a reverse logistics strategy for an optimal closed-loop supply chain. 18th Design for Manufacturing and the Life Cycle Conference; 2013 ASME/IEEE International Conference on Mechatronic and Embedded Systems and Applications. American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2013. (Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference).
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Sane, C & Tucker, CS 2013, Product resynthesis as a reverse logistics strategy for an optimal closed-loop supply chain. in 18th Design for Manufacturing and the Life Cycle Conference; 2013 ASME/IEEE International Conference on Mechatronic and Embedded Systems and Applications., V004T05A017, Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference, vol. 4, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME 2013 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2013, Portland, OR, United States, 8/4/13. https://doi.org/10.1115/DETC2013-12587

Product resynthesis as a reverse logistics strategy for an optimal closed-loop supply chain. / Sane, Chinmay; Tucker, Conrad S.

18th Design for Manufacturing and the Life Cycle Conference; 2013 ASME/IEEE International Conference on Mechatronic and Embedded Systems and Applications. American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2013. V004T05A017 (Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference; Vol. 4).

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Sane C, Tucker CS. Product resynthesis as a reverse logistics strategy for an optimal closed-loop supply chain. In 18th Design for Manufacturing and the Life Cycle Conference; 2013 ASME/IEEE International Conference on Mechatronic and Embedded Systems and Applications. American Society of Mechanical Engineers. 2013. V004T05A017. (Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference). https://doi.org/10.1115/DETC2013-12587