Potential of circular economy implementation in the mechatronics industry: An exploratory research

Ugo Chouinard*, Daniela C. A. Pigosso, Tim C. McAloone, Luc Baron, Sofiane Achiche

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    Abstract

    This paper investigates the current state of design in the mechatronic industry. First, based on a literature overview, key circular product characteristics are identified, namely modularity and robustness. Then, a survey has been distributed to practicing mechatronic engineers. Based on the survey, it is found that mechatronic systems are currently designed for long-term circular strategies, while the end-of-life is rarely considered. Furthermore, it is found that one issue in designing mechatronic devices is that they are prone to electronics obsolescence, and that safety regulations may prevent to design for circularity. Moreover, it is reported that customers do not currently require circular aspects in the mechatronic products and thus there is no incentive to designs according to circular principles. Finally, the paper discusses on new research ways of improving the circularity aspect of mechatronic devices, such as by facilitating remanufacturing or by using distributed system.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number118014
    JournalJournal of Cleaner Production
    Volume239
    Number of pages12
    ISSN0959-6526
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2019

    Keywords

    • Mechatronics
    • Circular economy
    • Engineering design

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