Supporting product development with a practical tool for applying the strategy of resource circulation

Marten E. Toxopeus, N.B. van den Hout, B.G.D. van Diepen

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    In their pursuit of a transition towards a circular economy, manufacturers are challenged to implement abstract principles of circularity in product development. Therefore, this paper mentions strategies to enhance resource-effectivity by design. The specific industry case of Remeha, a manufacturer of domestic boilers, focuses at the strategy of resource circulation. To apply this strategy, product engineers are supported with information about relations between product characteristics and reverse cycle processes. A design support tool is developed to represent this information through substantive guidelines for development decisions. A usability test with the target group has verified that this tool provides applicable insights on developing new product solutions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication25th CIRP Life Cycle Engineering (LCE) Conference
    Subtitle of host publication30 April – 2 May 2018, Copenhagen, Denmark
    EditorsMikolaj Owsianiak, Niki Bey, Morten Ryberg, Michael Z. Hauschild, Alexis Laurent, Alexandra Leclrec, Monia Niero, Yan Dong, Stig I. Olsen
    Number of pages6
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
    Event25th CIRP Life Cycle Engineering Conference 2018 - Danish Society of Engineers Conference Center, Copenhagen, Denmark
    Duration: 30 Apr 20182 May 2018
    Conference number: 25

    Publication series

    NameProcedia CIRP
    ISSN (Print)2212-8271


    Conference25th CIRP Life Cycle Engineering Conference 2018
    Abbreviated titleLCE 2018
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    • Circular economy
    • Industry application
    • Product development tool
    • Resource circulation


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