life cycle management Articles

  • Life–cycle management of concrete structures

    A concrete structure has to maintain its structural performance over required levels. It can be achieved both with sufficient durability design and maintenance work based on the concept of life–cycle management. This paper presents the concepts of life–cycle management for formulating and subsequently modifying the life–cycle scenario regarding structural performance assurance ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Product life cycle management in engineer-to-order industries

    This paper analyses the characteristics of Engineer-To-Order (ETO) companies, their markets, products, internal processes and supply chains. ETO companies design, manufacture and construct plant that is highly customised. The products are complex and supplied in low volume to global markets. Privatisation and deregulation have changed the competitive criteria and the products and services ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Life Cycle Costing: a tool to manage the urban water cycle

    The Water Framework Directive puts much emphasis on the role of economics for improving the management of water resources. In the context of the urban water cycle, previous studies have proven that Life Cycle Costing (LCC) is a useful methodology for assessing the costs of the whole cycle. However, there are many elements and factors that can influence the results of the LCC assessment and ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Raw material cycle: from chip to briquette to product - Case Study

    Thanks to their briquetting system from RUF Frischhut can redeploy production scrap and melt it again Ludwig Frischhut GmbH and Co. KG have closed the circle on their raw material cycle by utilising a briquetting press from RUF: cast chips produced during the machining of parts for water supply and sewage disposal are pressed to solid briquettes and then melted in the in-house foundry and ...

  • A life-cycle approach to biotechnology ethics

    Increasingly, government officials are asked to take ethical considerations into account during regulatory decision-making and especially in the case of biotechnology products. It is also clear, however, that ethical issues arise throughout the planning, production and use of these products (i.e. the entire product life cycle) rather than just during the regulatory step. In this paper it is ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Life Cycle Assessment technique for sound management of organic municipal solid wastes

    Mauritius generates around 1200 tonnes of municipal solid wastes on a daily basis, out of which more than 60% is of organic nature. The objective of this paper was to evaluate two different strategies for the treatment of organic wastes on a life cycle perspective, namely: composting and Anaerobic Digestion (AD). The functional unit was one ton of organic municipal solid wastes. Windrow ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Reducing the environmental impacts of metal castings through life-cycle management

    A reduction in casting weight, through material property enhancement and improved design, positively impacts the whole life cycle. Reducing a casting's weight not only reduces the foundry's environmental impacts but also, the demands for raw materials and energy inputs and, if that lighter casting is used in a transport application, fuel consumption and carbon dioxide output associated with the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Life cycle assessment of three water systems in Copenhagen - a management tool of the future

    Environmental life-cycle assessment (LCA) was applied to evaluate three different water systems of the water sector in Copenhagen, Denmark, including technologies within water supply, facilities recycling water and treatment of sewer overflow. In these three water systems LCA was used to evaluate the environmental impacts of each of the processes involved. The overall conclusion was that LCA is ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Life cycle assessment of three water systems in Copenhagen–a management tool of the future

    Environmental life-cycle assessment (LCA) was applied to evaluate three different water systems of the water sector in Copenhagen, Denmark, including technologies within water supply, facilities recycling water and treatment of sewer overflow. In these three water systems LCA was used to evaluate the environmental impacts of each of the processes involved. The overall conclusion was that LCA is ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • The life cycle of weak signals related to safety

    This paper addresses the problem of weak signals management in the domain of industrial safety. We propose a model of the weak signal life cycle, from its emergence to the decision that should be taken to avoid the related hazard. This model represents this life cycle as four successive steps associated with barriers that the weak signal has to overcome. These four steps are: 1. detection; 2. ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Product platform life cycles: a multiple case study

    Product platforms are used to specify a (virtual) company's offering to the market in terms of functionality and performance. The specification covers a range of actual products and services and the platform includes choice features, options and external interfaces. Usually, the platform also specifies a number of internal interfaces, in such a way that the common architecture of the products is ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Environmental life-cycle analysis: An instrument for sustainable environmental management system

    The environmental impact of all phases of industrial activity, from raw materials acquisition and Research and Development to the final disposition and its packaging, is having a far-reaching effect on the environment and on public health. As a result, industry, environmental groups and governments all over the world are attempting to identify a systematic means of evaluating and minimizing the ...


  • Incorporating Sustainability into Asset Management through Critical Life Cycle Cost Analysis

    ABSTRACTAsset management is about managing assets more effectively – which is really about making better decisions about and for assets, both existing and future. The main key to achieving better decision-making is having the right kind of information available from which to make the decisions. The goals that better decision making are trying to reach are service levels that are met, risks, ...

  • Should your company be conducting life cycle analyses?

    Many companies have already answered yes to that question – for a combination of reasons typically related to stakeholder interest, key customer demands, public perception, and competitive positioning.  In fact, life cycle analysis (LCA) has increasingly become an important tool in mature corporate sustainability programs, providing organizations with a consistent methodology for ...


    By Trinity Consultants

  • Target structural reliability in life cycle consideration

    The concept of minimising life cycle cost can be rationally applied to determine a target reliability of structures. However, there has been a recent legal requirement to reduce CO2 emissions, therefore, the minimisation of life cycle CO2 emission could be an alternative approach in structural design. This paper explains the general formulae for deciding the optimum reliability by minimising the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Life cycle costing for strategic evaluation of remanufacturing systems

    Considering the economic potential of closed-loop supply chains and the increasing recognition of an Integrated Product Policy, the development and implementation of measures concerning product-related environmental protection is necessary. In this context, remanufacturing is the most valuable product recovery option since here the value that was originally added to the product can be preserved. ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Environmental life-cycle analysis: An instrument for sustainable environmental management system

    The environmental impact of all phases of industrial activity, from raw materials acquisition and Research and Development to the final disposition and its packaging, is having a far-reaching effect on the environment and on public health. As a result, industry, environmental groups and governments all over the world are attempting to identify a systematic means of evaluating and minimizing the ...


  • Management of patent applications for digital camera considering the product life cycle

    Digital cameras have a long product life cycle. Generally, sales decline once the product reaches maturity. However in Japan, the number of patent applications continues to grow even after the maturity stage. This indicates that there must be a number of useless patent applications. In Japan, companies tend to file patent applications without regard to the possible effects of the patent ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Achieving sustainability through product-service life cycle management

    As present trends in economic and population growth continue, the natural environment is increasingly being stressed. Serious adverse impacts on the environment and human health from waste of electrical and electronic products have occurred in the past and continue to occur today. More and more researchers, institutes and programmes paid attention to Product Service Systems (PSS) in the last ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • A Life Cycle Inventory Tool for Intergrated Waste Management: A Municipal Focus

    Two Canadian industry associations, whose mandates are to assist municipalities to develop sustainable waste management systems, commissioned the development of a model to evaluate the environmental effects of waste management processes. The objective of the project is to provide Canadian municipalities with a tool that will enable them to evaluate the environmental performance of the various ...


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