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Analysis of the quantities of the remanufacturing plan of perfect cost

Pedro Piñeyro* and Omar Viera

Author Affiliations

Departamento de Investigación Operativa, Instituto de Computación, Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad de la República, Julio Herrera y Reissig 565, Montevideo, CP, 11300, Uruguay

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Journal of Remanufacturing 2012, 2:3  doi:10.1186/2210-4690-2-3

Published: 13 October 2012



The remanufacturing plan of perfect cost makes reference to the remanufacturing plan of an optimal solution of the economic lot-sizing problem with remanufacturing (ELSR). In this paper, we address the problem of determining the quantities of the remanufacturing plan of perfect cost in an independent way.


Assuming that the periods where remanufacturing is carried out are known in advance and certain other assumptions on the costs, we can show that the total remanufacturing quantity of a remanufacturing plan of perfect cost can be determined separately and in a time-effective way.


We consider that the theoretical results obtained in this paper contribute to a deeper knowledge of the characteristics of the ELSR optimal solutions. Thus, the results obtained can be used to develop an effective algorithm for solving the ELSR.

Remanufacturing; Economic lot-sizing problem; Inventory control; Reverse logistics