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Balancing Disassembly Line in Product Recovery to Promote the Coordinated Development of Economy and Environment

Jia Liu () and Shuwei Wang ()
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Jia Liu: School of Management and Economics, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu 611731, China
Shuwei Wang: School of Economics and Management, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu 610031, China

Sustainability, 2017, vol. 9, issue 2, 1-15

Abstract: For environmentally conscious and sustainable manufacturing, many more manufacturers are acting to recycle and remanufacture their post-consumed products. The most critical process of remanufacturing is disassembly, since it allows for the selective extraction of the valuable components and materials from returned products to reduce the waste disposal volume. It is, therefore, important to design and balance the disassembly line to work efficiently due to its vital role in effective resource usage and environmental protection. Considering the disassembly precedence relationships and sequence-dependent parts removal time increments, this paper presents an improved discrete artificial bee colony algorithm (DABC) for solving the sequence-dependent disassembly line balancing problem (SDDLBP). The performance of the proposed algorithm was tested against nine other approaches. Computational results evidently indicate the superior efficiency of the proposed algorithm for addressing the environmental and economic concerns while optimizing the multi-objective SDDLBP.

Keywords: product recovery; environmental sustainable development; artificial bee colony; sequence-dependent disassembly line balancing (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 O13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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