CIRP Encyclopedia of Production Engineering

Living Edition
| Editors: The International Academy for Production Engineering, Sami Chatti, Tullio Tolio


  • Katherine OrtegonEmail author
  • Loring Nies
  • John W. Sutherland
Living reference work entry



Reuse is a product end-of use alternative. Reuse is defined as the transfer of a used product to a new user.

Product reuse implies that a product will preserve its original structure and likely will be used for its original purpose. Although used products can be used as is, processes such as cleaning and minor maintenance might be considered before beginning another usage cycle. Reuse differs from recycling in that it preserves both the material value and the functional value of a used product (Fig. 1).
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Katherine Ortegon
    • 1
    Email author
  • Loring Nies
    • 2
  • John W. Sutherland
    • 3
  1. 1.Industrial EngineeringUniversidad IcesiCaliColombia
  2. 2.Civil EngineeringPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA
  3. 3.Environmental and Ecological EngineeringPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Wim Dewulf
    • 1
  1. 1.Science, Engineering and Technology GroupKU Leuwen, Department of Mechanical EngineeringLeuvenBelgium