Date of Award

Spring 2004

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Industrial Engineering - (M.S.)

Department

Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

First Advisor

Sanchoy K. Das

Second Advisor

R. S. Sodhi

Third Advisor

George Hanna Abdou

Abstract

The rapid advancement in technology started in last century and still continuing resulted in decreased life cycle of electronic products. It also resulted in increased product disposal rate and filling land fill space faster causing shortage of such space and consequently creates major environmental problems. So, since couple of decade environmental concern has focused on production process and environmental regulations imposed by government has watched industrial pollution. With government regulations to control environmental problems; consumers are also aware of adverse effects of product disposal forcing manufacturer to become more responsible for safe product disposal and recycling of used product.

A necessary condition to disassemble any product more efficiently is the availability of a disassembly process plan. In this thesis we represent set of intelligent disassembly rules that are able to automatically generate a disassembly plan. Few electronic equipments have been used to carry out experiments of disassembly process plans generation. So, based on established disassembly rules disassembly process plans have been generated having several steps in each plan. Each step describes action to be taken on particular part of assembly, disassembly time and effort we need to put to carry out that operation. Final economic analysis is carried out to show economic gain achieved though disassembly process.

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