Life cycle management and assessment: approaches and visions towards sustainable manufacturing

Engelbert Westkämper, Leo Alting, Günther Arndt

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    Thinking in terms of product life cycles is one of the challenges facing manufacturers today: efforts to increase efficiency throughout the life cycle do not only mean extended responsibility of the parties concerned. Economically successful business areas can also be explored. Whether new service concepts are required, new regulations have been passed or consumer values are changing, the differences between business areas are disappearing. Life cycle management (LCM) considers the product life cycle as a whole and optimizes the interaction of product design, manufacturing and life cycle activities. The goal of this approach is to protect resources and maximize effectiveness by means of life cycle assessment, product data management, technical support and, last but not least, life cycle costing. This paper shows the existing approaches of LCM and discusses their prospects and further development.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCIRP Annals 2000: Manufacturing Technology
    Publication date2000
    ISBN (Print)3-905277-34-4
    Publication statusPublished - 2000
    Event50th General Assembly of CIRP - Sydney, Australia
    Duration: 20 Aug 200028 Aug 2000
    Conference number: 50


    Conference50th General Assembly of CIRP


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