Cost-benefit analysis of recovery

In general, the costs of recovery (disassembly, testing, remanufacturing, repair) become prohibitive with increasing depth of the recovery operation. The gains, instead, from a certain depth of recovery, tend to stabilize. In order to plan “economically sustainable” recovery operations it is therefore necessary to evaluate their economic impact.

In particular, it is important to determine the conditions under which an increase in the volumes recovered, which entails an undoubted environmental benefit, is also economically advantageous.
A similar increase can be obtained by modifying the architecture, or by simply varying the choice of materials, in a way that allows a recovery plan involving greater volume flows of product components. In most cases, however, modifications of this type result in higher production costs.

Using suitable calculation models, it is possible to quantify the economic cost of recovery operations, and analyze the conditions of economic advantage/disadvantage associated with modifications in the design solution which result in improved product recoverability.






Cost-benefit analysis in the redesign process


Product improvement and break-even point analysis



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