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Towards Circular Economy: Enhanced Decision-Making in Circular Manufacturing Systems

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This chapter will present an outlook on the modelling and simulation of circular manufacturing systems. Simulations in the linear context have long been an enabler in making the systems efficient through better design and improved decision-making. Circular aspects of manufacturing systems lead to another level of complexity to be tackled and understood in terms of the performance of the system from an economic, environmental and social perspective. This calls for enhanced understanding through analysis of the interdependencies between business models, product design, supply chains and consumption patterns interactions by modelling the effect of those interactions to provide a sound basis for decision-making. The role of modelling simulation for prediction and improved decision-making in complex situations will be presented and exemplified with case studies where simulation has been used as a tool to enhance decision-making. The chapter finishes by highlighting the potential of modelling and simulation in boosting the transition towards circular systems implementation.

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    ResCoM is a research initiative developed at the Department of Production Engineering at KTH Royal Institute of Technology with the vision to conserve resources in the context of manufacturing systems (Asif, 2017). This initiative was funded by the European Commission (EC) FP7 framework (website: www.rescoms.eu).

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    ReCiPSS is an EU-funded project composed of two industrial large-scale demonstrators from the automotive and white goods industries. The project is co-funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 776577-2 (website: www.recipss.eu).

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    www.rescoms.eu.

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    Product design index is a novel approach to create and analyse different design options and their associated economic and environmental implications (Asif, Lieder, & Rashid, 2016).

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Amir, S., Asif, F.M.A., Roci, M. (2021). Towards Circular Economy: Enhanced Decision-Making in Circular Manufacturing Systems. In: Bali Swain, R., Sweet, S. (eds) Sustainable Consumption and Production, Volume II. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-55285-5_12

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