chapter  3
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Product Design

These problems are forcing manufacturers to consider remanufacturingrelated product characteristics in the design phase of the product. These design for remanufacturing initiatives focus on product characteristics that would facilitate one or more of the following elements of the remanufacturing process:

• Disassembly • Sorting • Cleaning • Refurbishment • Reassembly • Testing

Four models are presented in this chapter. In the €rst model, an index is proposed to evaluate alternative product designs considering disassemblyrelated product characteristics. The second model proposes a metric to assess the remanufacturability of a product. The third model presents a fuzzy costbene€t function. The use of house of quality in the remanufacturability analysis of a product design is illustrated in the fourth model. In the last section, an overview of other studies is provided.