Design for disassembly


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Design for disassembly

A design that facilitates future change and the eventual dismantlement, in part or whole, for recovery of systems, components, and materials. This design process includes developing the assemblies, components, materials, construction techniques, and information and management systems to accomplish this goal.
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High-Stiffness, Lock-and-Key Heat-Reversible Locator-Snap Systems for the Design for Disassembly," M.
This requirement for design for disassembly was sometimes unintentionally achieved through design for assembly: "In terms of companies applying it, I think many of them are doing it as part of the design process they go through, sometimes without recognising it, because they are designing for assembly.
However, there are differences between design for assembly and design for disassembly.
Along with traditional design criteria such as cost, quality, and performance, IBM design engineers are asked to optimize product and process design by emphasizing a litany of DFE-related characteristics, including design for disassembly, recyclability, and reuse of the product; use of recycled materials; reduction in the use of natural and energy resources; design and manufacture without producing hazardous waste; the use of clean manufacturing technologies; reduction in product chemical emissions and in product energy production; the use of identifiable or recyclable plastics and of recyclable or nonhazardous metals.
While the demonstration project has given us guidance and direction, it only paves the way for more in-depth programs in the future, including design for disassembly.

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