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Development and evaluation of customisation process for ubiquitous product recovery management system

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Due to concerns about environmental protection and resource utilisation, the product recovery management system (PRMS) is a crucial means for supporting efficient recycling and remanufacturing. To realise effective product recovery from PRMS, it is necessary to get accurate information on products. Ubiquitous computing technology can be used as the fundamental means for storing and capturing accurate information when the product is used. It can be used to identify the product record and to aggregate the context information for the product life cycle database. At the present time, most research has been concerned with new PRMS architecture based on ubiquitous computing technology (u-PRMS) under the assumption that the scope of the research includes development of new information infrastructures covering the whole product life cycle using specific technology such as RFID. There is, however, the difficulty of implementing the information infrastructure because the way of acquiring data is determined by product characteristics. For this reason, the author proposes an innovative reference model consisting of comprehensive architecture and customisation processes in this paper. To show the validity and effectiveness of the reference model, two case studies for remanufacturing an engine part from construction machinery and a battery of electric vehicles have been developed.
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Keywords: UbiDMR; construction machineries; electric vehicle; product recovery management; remanufacturing; system engineering; ubiquitous computing

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Institute of Mechanical Engineering, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland 2: Graduate School of Engineering Mastership, POSTECH, Pohang, South Korea

Publication date: September 2, 2015

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