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Feedback from Remanufacturing: Its Unexploited Potential to Improve Future Product Design

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Department of Management and Engineering, Division of Manufacturing Engineering, Linköping University, 581 83 Linköping, Sweden
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Department of Management and Engineering, Division of Environmental Technology and Management, Linköping University, 581 83 Linköping, Sweden
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Sustainability 2019, 11(15), 4037; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11154037
Received: 24 June 2019 / Revised: 15 July 2019 / Accepted: 17 July 2019 / Published: 25 July 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Economic, Business and Management Aspects of Sustainability)
Company interest and research in the circular economy and remanufacturing have increased as a means of reducing negative environmental impacts. Remanufacturing is an industrial process whereby used products are returned to a state of like-new. However, few products are designed for remanufacturing, and further research and industrial efforts are needed to facilitate more widespread use of design for remanufacturing. One crucial factor facilitating design for remanufacturing is the integration of feedback in the product design process. Thus, the objective of this paper is to analyse feedback flows from remanufacturing to product design. Hence, a literature study and multiple case studies were conducted at three companies that design, manufacture and remanufacture different kinds of products. The cross-case analysis revealed the five barriers of the lack of internal awareness, lack of knowledge, lack of incentives, lack of feedback channels and non-supportive organisational structures, and the five enablers of business opportunities, integrated design processes, customers’ demand, laws, regulations and standards, and new technologies. To establish improved feedback from remanufacturing to product design, the barriers need to be addressed and the enablers explored. Thus, improved feedback from remanufacturing to product design will improve the design of future products suited for a more circular economy. View Full-Text
Keywords: feedback; remanufacturing; case studies; design for remanufacturing; circular economy; reduction in negative environmental impacts feedback; remanufacturing; case studies; design for remanufacturing; circular economy; reduction in negative environmental impacts
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Lindkvist Haziri, L.; Sundin, E.; Sakao, T. Feedback from Remanufacturing: Its Unexploited Potential to Improve Future Product Design. Sustainability 2019, 11, 4037.

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