Critical parts retrieval and profit maximization for medical sustainability using design for disassembly and modularity

Karthik Varma Manikanta Koppella, University of Texas at El Paso

Abstract

With rising medical expenditure and increase in medical waste, it is highly imperative to look for ways to recycle and reuse medical products. Even though the reprocessing industry has made use of optimum disassembly techniques in order to derive the maximum possible profit from each medical device, it is limited since most of the medical devices can be hard to recycle without a change in the basic design complying with life cycle goals. This study will introduce a framework which will help to combine the optimum disassembly techniques with the modularity concept in order to come up with recommendations for redesigning a medical product in order to extract maximum profit from a medical device not possible from the initial design while at the same time fulfill sustainability goals by extracting maximum useful material easily for material extraction and recycling purposes^

Subject Area

Engineering, Biomedical|Engineering, Industrial

Recommended Citation

Koppella, Karthik Varma Manikanta, "Critical parts retrieval and profit maximization for medical sustainability using design for disassembly and modularity" (2013). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI1539954.
http://digitalcommons.utep.edu/dissertations/AAI1539954

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