Ellen Rita
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Uni Sustainable Manufacturing Mind Map on Remanufacture, created by Ellen Rita on 12/29/2015.

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1 Problems
1.1 Random nature of returns
1.1.1 How will you know when a customer is finished with a product?
1.1.2 What will the condition of the product be at the end of life?
1.1.3 Will the product be changed? Altered? Customized? Not worth returning?
1.2 Timing of product returns
1.2.1 Random nature of returns means you cannot know when a customer will finish with a product
1.2.2 Few customers will send a product back straight away so remanufacture strategy cannot start at day 1
1.2.3 If a product is redesigned in any way, the stock (collected or with customers) is rendered useless and cannot be remanufactured.
1.2.4 You might get a lot of product back late in the product life cycle ad no longer have a market for remanufacture, even if the products are as good as new
1.3 Economics of product returns
1.3.1 Cost of returning the products back to a remanufacture facility. Who pays?
1.3.2 What portion of products will be lost and not recovered
1.3.3 Rival company could collect the products and remanufacture them
1.3.4 Is the business division that supplies new products your biggest competitor
1.4 Legal issues
1.4.1 Is the end of life product hazardous?
1.4.2 Is it legal to transfer 'waste' by post? In every country you want to collect/remanufacture from?
2 Advantages
2.1 Recovers a substantial proportion of the resources embodied in the used product
2.2 Diverts waste streams from just being reclaimed as material (or landfill) by evaluating their potential to serve again
2.3 Reduces the cost of susbsequent products
2.4 Reduce dependency on raw material supply
2.5 Sustain the economy 'consumer nation'
2.6 Reduce energy bills
2.7 Reduce carbon emissions
2.8 Can be cost competitive
2.9 Marketing- differenet to other rivals
2.10 Collect product failure data
3 Overcoming problems
3.1 Focus the consumables with quick turnaround and repeat business
3.2 Integrate remanufacture and recycling to make use of surplus
3.3 Control product returns through incentives and collection schemes
3.4 Retain product ownership to ensure products return at the right time
3.5 Focus the integral components that don't need to change for styling reasons
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