Push and Pull Control Systems in Disassembly Lines
Originally published in the Proceedings of the 2004 Decision Sciences Institute Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, pp. 7811-7816, November 20-23, 2004
Increasing environmental concerns during the last decade have caused many governments to persuade manufacturers to take back used products so that the components and materials recovered from the products could be reused and/or recycled. The disassembly process is the first step for recovering components and materials. We discuss some of the complications in planning and scheduling of disassembly on a disassembly line. We show how to overcome them by implementing a multi-kanban mechanism in the disassembly line setting. We then investigate the multi-kanban mechanism using simulation and demonstrate that in the multi-product, multi-demand environment, such mechanism performs superior to the traditional push system.
Surendra M. Gupta, Gun Udomsawat, and Yousef A. Y. Al-Turki. "Push and Pull Control Systems in Disassembly Lines" Gupta Publications (2004).
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/gupta/10