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A fuzzy cost-benefit function to select economical products for processing in a closed-loop supply chain
Author(s): Kishore K. Pochampally; Surendra M. Gupta; Thomas P. Cullinane
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Paper Abstract

The cost-benefit analysis of data associated with re-processing of used products often involves the uncertainty feature of cash-flow modeling. The data is not objective because of uncertainties in supply, quality and disassembly times of used products. Hence, decision-makers must rely on “fuzzy” data for analysis. The same parties that are involved in the forward supply chain often carry out the collection and re-processing of used products. It is therefore important that the cost-benefit analysis takes the data of both new products and used products into account. In this paper, a fuzzy cost-benefit function is proposed that is used to perform a multi-criteria economic analysis to select the most economical products to process in a closed-loop supply chain. Application of the function is detailed through an illustrative example.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 February 2004
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5262, Environmentally Conscious Manufacturing III, (27 February 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.516189
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Kishore K. Pochampally, Northeastern Univ. (United States)
Surendra M. Gupta, Northeastern Univ. (United States)
Thomas P. Cullinane, Northeastern Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5262:
Environmentally Conscious Manufacturing III
Surendra M. Gupta, Editor(s)

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