Modularization of product architecture

Evaluating the life extension and recovery strategies allows some properties of the components of the architecture (duration, reliability, environmental properties of materials, costs) to be correlated with the necessary servicing operations and the possible destinations of the product at the end of its life (reuse, recycling, disposal).

It is then possible to map the most appropriate strategies for the various architecture components, and thus obtain indications for a correct modularization. This consists of identifying the main constructional modules, understood as groups of components which are similar in terms of reliability, mechanical characteristics and environmental properties, and therefore equally suitable for reuse, remanufacturing, recycling, or disposal.
Guaranteeing the optimal separability of the components, the effective modularization of a product’s architecture makes it possible not only to follow the best possible recovery strategies, but also to facilitate maintenance and servicing operations, of strategic value in extending the useful life of the product.






Decomposition and modularization of product architecture


Definition of optimal modularity for recovery



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