product life cycle management Articles

  • 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

  • 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

  • Cleaner production and life cycle design of upholstered furniture

    This article presents some results of the environmental and organisational aspects that were obtained from a preliminary analysis of the process of manufacturing upholstered furniture at the furniture cluster in the State of Alagoas, Brazil. The method is based on the concepts of pollution prevention and cleaner production that are associated to the concept of product life cycle design. Data were ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • 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 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

  • The application of life cycle management in decision making for sustainable development at government and corporate level: the integration of project, asset and product life cycles

    Governments and corporations are increasingly pressured to incorporate economic, environmental, and social performances in their policies and decision-making processes. Although Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) has traditionally focused on the environmental impacts of the life cycle phases of products, the current trend is to apply Life Cycle Thinking (LCT) to also efficiently manage processes and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Strengthening product stewardship throughout the supply chain: A full life-cycle approach

    Kami Blake of 3E Company looks at the issue in managing EH&S data in the chemicals industry As regulations increase in number, scope and complexity, environmental, health and safety (EH&S) compliance is fast becoming a major concern that spans virtually every industry. All companies are increasingly affected by and subject to more stringent EH&S regulations and are being faced with ...


    By 3E Company

  • Greenhouse gas protocol product life cycle accounting and reporting standard

    The GHG Protocol Product Life Cycle Accounting and Reporting Standard (referred to as the Product Standard) provides requirements and guidance for companies and other organizations to quantify and publicly report an inventory of GHG emissions and removals associated with a specific product. The primary goal of this standard is to provide a general framework for companies to make informed choices ...

  • Life cycle based water assessment of a hand dishwashing product: Opportunities and limitations

    It is only recent that life‐cycle based indicators have been used to evaluate products from a water use impact perspective. The applicability of some of these methods has been primarily demonstrated on agricultural materials or products, since irrigation requirements in food production can be water intensive. In view of an increasing interest on life‐cycle based water indicators from different ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Redefining environmental management system boundaries through stakeholder management across product life-cycle

    The paper makes an attempt to show that integration of life-cycle thinking into EMS can certainly address environmental issues, external to the organisation. New emphasis must be placed on product life-cycle thinking, to achieve business performance consistent with sustainability principles. In effect, the paper calls for redesigning the EMS through life-cycle environmental review (LCER) capable ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Strategic life-cycle modelling and simulation for sustainable product innovation

    Many specific methods and tools have been developed to deal with sustainability problems. However, without a unifying theory it is unclear how these relate to each other and how they can be used strategically. A Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development (FSSD) is being developed to cover this need for clarity and structure. The aim of the papers of this review is to study how this framework ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Life cycle assessment of fuel production for biomass from dry land afforestation

    Biomass has been focused as a fuel resource because of its huge abundance and carbon–neutral characteristics. Thus, we attempted to use tree biomass as the resource to automotive fuel. From the global warming point of view, the biomass energy production from large–scale plantation is required, however, the land use should not be changed from crop field or forest land. In the present paper, the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Recommendations for Life Cycle based Indicators for Sustainable Consumption and Production in the European Union

    Public administrations in Europe need robust Sustainability Indicators to support the conception, development, implementation, and monitoring of policies. For policies and measures related to production, consumption, and waste management, these indicators must account for all relevant environmental impacts and they must be inclusive; to help avoid the “shifting of burdens” of impacts among e.g. ...


  • 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 ...


  • 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

  • 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, ...

  • 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 ...


  • Input/Output Analysis - Shortcuts to Life Cycle Data?

    Introduction The report contains the papers presented to a workshop held in Copenhagen on the 29th of September 2000, as well as a résumé of the subsequent discussions, and a few additional papers on the topic. Background Can Input-Output Analysis (IOA) data and methodologies be used to improve the performance of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)? And if so, are ...


    By 2.-0 LCA consultants

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