chapter  20
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Disassembly can be de€ned as the systematic separation of an assembly into its components, subassemblies or other groupings (Lambert and Gupta, 2005; McGovern and Gupta, 2011). All product recovery options (viz., remanufacturing, recycling, and disposal) require some level of disassembly. It is an important process in material and product recovery since it allows for the selective separation of desired parts and materials. The following subsections explain the main issues in disassembly, namely, scheduling, sequencing, line balancing, disassembly to order systems, ergonomics, and automation.