Disassembly sequence planning for product maintenance
Environmental and sustainable issues have brought more and more attention to industries in product design and manufacturing. It is important for a product to meet its lifecycle requirements in repairing, replacing and recycling. Disassembly is required in product maintenance and recycling. An efficient disassembly plan can reduce the cost of product maintenance and minimize the product repair time. This thesis introduces an efficient method for selective disassembly planning for the need of product maintenance and recycling to reduce the product operation time and cost. The method is based on an efficient product representation and effective sequence searching. It considers the product structure, removing direction of components, operation constraints and complex in the product representation and sequencing planning. Examples are used to verify the proposed method. Challenges and further work are also discussed.