A Multiobjective Disassembly Planning for Value Recovery and Energy Conservation from End-of-Life Products

Yaping Ren, Hongyue Jin, Fu Zhao, Ting Qu, Leilei Meng, Chaoyong Zhang, Biao Zhang, Geng Wang, John W. Sutherland

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Demanufacturing aims to recover value and conserve energy from end-of-life (EOL) products, contributing to sustainable manufacturing. To make the full use of EOL products, they are usually disassembled into components that have different values and embodied energy at different EOL options. This article studies a disassembly planning (DP) that integrates the decisions on disassembly sequence and EOL strategy to maximize the recovered value and energy conservation from EOL products. We propose a multiobjective DP based on the value recovery and energy conservation (MDPVE) model, which is different from the existing DP models by focusing on the embodied energy rather than the energy consumption during disassembly. An adapted multiobjective artificial bee colony (ABC) algorithm [multiobjective ABC (MOABC)] is developed to identify the Pareto solutions for the MDPVE and is compared with a well-known metaheuristic algorithm, Non-dominated Sorting Genetic Algorithm-II (NSGA-II). A real-world case study demonstrated the superior solution quality and computational efficiency of MOABC. Note to Practitioners-There is often more than one treatment option for EOL products or components, including reuse, remanufacturing, and recycling. However, the decision on which EOL option to select is not considered in most of the DP studies by assuming an EOL option given for each component. Hence, the disassembly plan with the EOL decision is focused in this article. As energy sustainability gains an increasing attention, it is essential to assess the profitability and energy conservation simultaneously for EOL products. Since there could be a tradeoff between recovered profit and conserved energy, a multiobjective evolutionary algorithm is developed for generating Pareto solutions which help decision-makers to find good solutions for both evaluation indicators.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number9106832
Pages (from-to)791-803
Number of pages13
JournalIEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2021


  • Demanufacturing
  • disassembly planning (DP)
  • end-of-life (EOL) decision
  • energy conservation
  • multiobjective optimization
  • value recovery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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