News: Optimal manufacturing-remanufacturing policies in a lean production environment
This study analyses a production-management model that considers the possibility of implementing a reverse-logistics system for remanufacturing end-of-life products in a lean production environment (as opposed to models that use EOQ approaches).
Tuesday, 4th March 2008
Decision variables are identified (including manufacturing and remanufacturing capacities and return rates and use rates for end-of-life products) and optimal policies are determined. Moreover, the structure of these optimal policies is analysed. The conclusion drawn is that, in many realistic scenarios, mixed policies (that is, with return rates and use rates strictly between 0 and 1) can be optimal. This conclusion is contrary to results published in earlier studies, which are based on more restrictive assumptions. These academic papers are available to purchase through Sciencedirect.com, usually at US$30 each. To do this, it is necessary to register via the weblink given.
20 m litres of leftover paint: UK MPs call on government to support solutions
On Tuesday in Parliament, MPs had a lively debate surrounding how to create a circular economy for leftover decorative paint in the UK. Sponsored by Angela Smith MP, the debate focused on the British Coatings Federation’s (BCF) PaintCare programme.
CRR contributes to Circular Economy report
Scaling the circular economy in Europe offers investment opportunities worth EUR320 billion, according to a new report produced by SYSTEMIQ with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and with input from the CRR.
European Remanufacturing Council launches with a nod to Hollywood
The newly-launched Conseil Européen de Remanufacture plans to represent companies which produce €30 billion of remanufactured products and employ 190,000 people across Europe.