Facility and Storage Space Design Issues in Remanufacturing
This chapter provides insights into the structure of an effective coordination of facilities planning and remanufacturing decisions. It identifies the optimal facility layout and storage space design assumes a particular relevance since the layout itself must accommodate efficient operations under varying conditions. The chapter illustrates the implications of remanufacturing on facility design performance and space requirements and to illustrate generalized modeling approaches. Effective facilities of planning and design can reduce these expenses significantly and improve productivity, efficiency, responsiveness, and profitability. The layout design process is considered in three steps: conceptual design, preliminary design, and detailed design. Remanufacturing systems are more dynamic, variable, and complex than traditional manufacturing systems as a result of the variability associated with the routings, processing times, and demand. The flow of parts through a remanufacturing facility is dependent on the necessary disassembly, cleaning, and testing processes, the age and the amount of wear, and the demand for immediate assembly or for inventory.