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IJAT Vol.8 No.5 pp. 644-652
doi: 10.20965/ijat.2014.p0644
(2014)

Review:

Challenges and Opportunities of Lean Remanufacturing

Jelena Kurilova-Palisaitiene and Erik Sundin

Division of Manufacturing Engineering, Department of Management and Engineering, Linköping University, SE-58381, Linköping, Sweden

Received:
March 31, 2014
Accepted:
August 4, 2014
Published:
September 5, 2014
Keywords:
lean, remanufacturing, product life cycle, continuous improvement
Abstract

Lean philosophy, which promotes business excellence through continuous improvement, originates from the Japanese car manufacturer, Toyota’s Production System (TPS). An area where lean has not been fully explored is remanufacturing, a process that brings used products back to useful life. Remanufacturing is often a more complex process than manufacturing due to the uncertainty of process steps/time and part quality/quantity. This study explored remanufacturing by identifying its challenges and opportunities in becoming lean. The challenges of a lean remanufacturing system do not exceed its advantages. Although some researchers state that it is difficult or even impossible to apply lean principles to remanufacturing, this research utilizes lean as a continuous improvement philosophy that focuses on improving the remanufactured products’ quality, process lead times, and inventory levels.

Cite this article as:
J. Kurilova-Palisaitiene and E. Sundin, “Challenges and Opportunities of Lean Remanufacturing,” Int. J. Automation Technol., Vol.8, No.5, pp. 644-652, 2014.
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