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Data Acquisition During the Entire Product Life Cycle as a Basis for the Maintenance, Dismantling and Product Recycling Processes

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Helge Müehlenbruch, P. Nyhuis

University of Hanover

Paper No. IMECE2004-61528, pp. 41-47; 7 pages
  • ASME 2004 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Computers and Information in Engineering
  • Anaheim, California, USA, November 13 – 19, 2004
  • Conference Sponsors: Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4704-7 | eISBN: 0-7918-4178-2, 0-7918-4179-0, 0-7918-4180-4
  • Copyright © 2004 by ASME


The planning and control of recycling and disassembly processes depends to a great extent on information about the product and its usage. A substantial amount of information about products is provided on delivery, but a continuous and systematic recording of information during a product life is normally not carried out. Repairs, disassembly and product recycling are however dependent on decentralised and information-intensive processes and can only be facilitated through the recording of life-cycle information. All information which is generated during the product life is first integrated into a newly created information model for life-cycle documentation. The paper presents a new integrated approach that guarantees consistent data storage and data structuring during the entire product life. An innovative information system is introduced which can provide any required information to all product user groups at any point in the product life. One module of this model is the electronic life-cycle memory for data storage on the product itself of the life-cycle documentation. It is done using Radio Frequency Identification Technology (RFID) for the first time in this field. Subsequently, the integration of the life-cycle memory into the entire information system is described. The paper closes with a practical case from industry.

Copyright © 2004 by ASME



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