A Semantic Information Services Framework for Sustainable WEEE Management Toward Cloud-Based Remanufacturing

  • Kai Xia
  • Liang GaoEmail author
  • Lihui Wang
  • Weidong Li
  • Kuo-Ming Chao


Sustainable management ofWaste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) has attracted escalating concerns of researchers and industries. Closer information linking among the participants in the products’ lifecycle should take place. How to interoperate among the distributed and heterogeneous information systems of various participants is a challenge faced. Targeting thecloud-based remanufacturing, this article aims to develop a semantic information services framework for sustainable WEEE management. In the proposed framework, an ontology-based approach is developed to integrate and represent the lifecycle information from multiple local data sources within an information services provider. Meanwhile, a semantic information services management platform is introduced for the advertisement, matchmaking, and retrieval of semantic information services. Some relevant techniques used to build the framework are introduced extensively. A demonstration case study on waste LCD TV is used to illustrate the effectiveness and significance of the proposed framework.


Cloud-based remanufacturing Semantic information services Waste electrical and electronic equipment Sustainable management 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kai Xia
    • 1
  • Liang Gao
    • 2
    Email author
  • Lihui Wang
    • 3
  • Weidong Li
    • 4
  • Kuo-Ming Chao
    • 4
  1. 1.Wuhan Second Ship Design and Research InstituteWuhanChina
  2. 2.State Key Laboratory of Digital Manufacturing Equipment and Technology, School of Mechanical Science and EngineeringHuazhong University of Science and TechnologyWuhanChina
  3. 3.Department of Production EngineeringKTH Royal Institute of TechnologyStockholmSweden
  4. 4.Faculty of Engineering, Environment and ComputingCoventry UniversityCoventryUK

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