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Optimizing product life cycle processes in design phase
Author(s): Ola. Bernard Faneye; Reiner Anderl
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Paper Abstract

Life cycle concepts do not only serve as basis in assisting product developers understand the dependencies between products and their life cycles, they also help in identifying potential opportunities for improvement in products. Common traditional concepts focus mainly on energy and material flow across life phases, necessitating the availability of metrics derived from a reference product. Knowledge of life cycle processes won from an existing product is directly reused in its redesign. Depending on sales volume nevertheless, the environmental impact before product optimization can be substantial. With modern information technologies today, computer-aided life cycle methodologies can be applied well before product use. On the basis of a virtual prototype, life cycle processes are analyzed and optimized, using simulation techniques. This preventive approach does not only help in minimizing (or even eliminating) environmental burdens caused by product, costs incurred due to changes in real product can also be avoided. The paper highlights the relationship between product and life cycle and presents a computer-based methodology for optimizing the product life cycle during design, as presented by SFB 392: Design for Environment - Methods and Tools at Technical University, Darmstadt.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 February 2002
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4569, Environmentally Conscious Manufacturing II, (11 February 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.455273
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Ola. Bernard Faneye, Technische Univ. Darmstadt (Germany)
Reiner Anderl, Technische Univ. Darmstadt (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4569:
Environmentally Conscious Manufacturing II
Surendra M. Gupta, Editor(s)

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