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Disassembly modeling, planning, and leveling for a cam-operated rotary switch assembly: a case study

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The manufacturing organizations have been witnessing a paradigm shift on designing products and services from manufacturing to sustainability. Product disassembly is a vital strategy for industrial recycling and remanufacturing which generates the desired parts and/or subassemblies by means of separation of a product into its elements. This article presents the appropriate methods for modeling planning and leveling the disassembly process of a cam-operated rotary switch assembly. The methodology involves disassembly modeling using a graphical approach. Disassembly process planning has been done using reverse assembly approach. Disassembly leveling has been done to maintain profitability and environmental features at a desired level. An optimal disassembly sequence has been derived using disassembly leveling. The resultant cost of disassembly for reusable components has been computed. The article presents a unique contribution to the field of designing for disassembly from the perspective of rotary switches.

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Vinodh, S., Praveen Kumar, R. & Nachiappan, N. Disassembly modeling, planning, and leveling for a cam-operated rotary switch assembly: a case study. Int J Adv Manuf Technol 62, 789–800 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00170-011-3826-0

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  • Design for disassembly
  • Design for environment
  • Product design
  • Petri nets
  • System modeling