, Volume 25, Issue 4, pp 629-645
Date: 13 Nov 2012

An adaptive pull strategy for remanufacturing systems

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Abstract

Recently, remanufacturing systems have been studied from various viewpoints. Van der Laan and Teunter (Eur J Oper Res 175(2):1084–1102, 2006), for example, proposed simple heuristics for push and pull remanufacturing strategies. However, because they are only simple heuristics they are not very useful in a stochastic demand situation. An adaptive strategy should be incorporated into the pull strategy to improve performance; therefore, we propose an adaptive pull strategy for remanufacturing systems that can control manufacturing and remanufacturing rates in the remanufacturing system. The performance and effectiveness of our proposed system is analyzed by Markov analysis, and the results are shown in this paper.