A Design for Disassembly Approach to Analyze and Manage End-of-Life Options for Industrial Products in the Early Design Phase

  • Claudio FaviEmail author
  • Michele Germani
Part of the Springer Series in Advanced Manufacturing book series (SSAM)


In modern society there has been an increase in consumption and discard of goods and products due to the high growth of the world population. Moreover, in the manufacturing field rapid technology cycles quickly render products obsolete and as a consequence consumers dispose of products more intensively. Product disassembly is becoming an important phase of the product lifecycle to consider from the environmental and economic point of view. It occurs to minimize the maintenance time and describe the End-of-Life (EoL) strategies, for example component reuse/recycling. These EoL closed-loop scenarios should be considered during the early phases of design process when decisions influence product architecture and in the product structure. In this context, the purpose of this chapter is to describe an approach to support the designer’s evaluation of disassemblability by using the 3D CAD model structure and suitable key indices related to product features and environmental costs. A software system allows the product model to be analyzed and evaluates the product disassemblability degree. Experimental case studies facilitate the approach demonstration and highlights product environmental performance due to the application of the proposed approach.


Life Cycle Assessment Disassembly Sequence Life Cycle Assessment Analysis Disassembly Operation Disassembly Time 
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List of Abbreviations


Computer aided design




Design for disassembly


Design for environment


Design for x


Design for product retirement


Design for recycling/reusing/remanufacturing


End of life


European Union


Information and communication technology


Life cycle assessment


New design


Original design


Print circuit board


Product lifecycle management




Simplified life cycle assessment


United States


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Industrial Engineering and Mathematical SciencesUniversità Politecnica delle MarcheAnconaItaly

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