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A six sigma tolerancing approach for the design of an efficient closed-loop supply chain network
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Paper Abstract

Rapid technological developments and the growing desire of customers to acquire latest technology has led to a new environmental problem "waste", comprising of both end-of-life products and used products that are disposed prematurely. As a result, both consumer and government concerns for the environment are driving many original equipment manufacturers (OEM) to engage in additional series of activities stemming from the reverse supply chain. The combination of forward/traditional supply chain and reverse supply chain forms the closed-loop supply chain. Contrary to a traditional/forward supply chain, a closed-loop supply chain involves more variability. In this paper, we explore the use of Motorola's Six Sigma methodology to achieve better synchronization in a closed-loop supply chain network by tailoring the individual processes in a way that maximizes the overall delivery performance. A numerical example is considered to illustrate the approach.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 October 2006
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6385, Environmentally Conscious Manufacturing VI, 63850F (9 October 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.685462
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Satish Nukala, Northeastern Univ. (United States)
Surendra M. Gupta, Northeastern Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6385:
Environmentally Conscious Manufacturing VI
Surendra M. Gupta, Editor(s)

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