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An integrated approach to remanufacturing: model of a remanufacturing system

Ana Paula Barquet1*, Henrique Rozenfeld1 and Fernando A Forcellini2

Author Affiliations

1 São Carlos School of Engineering, University of São Paulo (USP), Av. Trabalhador São-carlense, 400, São Carlos, Sao Paulo, 13566-590, Brazil

2 Industrial Engineering Department, Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), Campus Reitor João David Ferreira Lima, Florianópolis, Santa Catarina , 88040-970, Brazil

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Journal of Remanufacturing 2013, 3:1  doi:10.1186/2210-4690-3-1

Published: 23 January 2013

Abstract

Remanufacturing is the process of rebuilding used products that ensures that the quality of remanufactured products is equivalent to that of new ones. Although the theme is gaining ground, it is still little explored due to lack of knowledge, the difficulty of visualizing it systemically, and implementing it effectively. Few models treat remanufacturing as a system. Most of the studies still treated remanufacturing as an isolated process, preventing it from being seen in an integrated manner. Therefore, the aim of this work is to organize the knowledge about remanufacturing, offering a vision of remanufacturing system and contributing to an integrated view about the theme. The methodology employed was a literature review, adopting the General Theory of Systems to characterize the remanufacturing system. This work consolidates and organizes the elements of this system, enabling a better understanding of remanufacturing and assisting companies in adopting the concept.

Keywords:
Remanufacturing; System; Elements