Masters Theses

Keywords and Phrases

Reverse logistics


"This research presents an interactive product development model in re-manufacturing environment. The product development model defined a quantitative value model considering product design and development tasks and their value attributes responsible to describe functions of the product. At the last stage of the product development process, re-manufacturing feasibility of used components is incorporated. The consummate feature of this consideration lies in considering variability in cost, weight, and size of the constituted components depending on its types and physical states.

Further, this research focuses on reverse logistics paradigm to drive environmental management and economic concerns of the manufacturing industry after the product launching and selling in the market. Moreover, the model is extended by integrating it with RFID technology. This RFID embedded model is aimed at analyzing the economical impact on the account of having advantage of a real time system with reduced inventory shrinkage, reduced processing time, reduced labor cost, process accuracy, and other directly measurable benefits.

Consideration the computational complexity involved in product development process reverse logistics, this research proposes; Self-Guided Algorithms & Control (S-CAG) approach for the product development model, and Chaos-based Interactive Artificial Bee Colony (CI-ABC) approach for re-manufacturing model. Illustrative Examples has been presented to test the efficacy of the models. Numerical results from using the S-CAG and CI-ABC for optimal performance are presented and analyzed. The results clearly reveal the efficacy of proposed algorithms when applied to the underlying problems."--Abstract, page iv.


Liou, Frank W.
Balakrishnan, S. N.

Committee Member(s)

Midha, A. (Ashok)


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Manufacturing Engineering


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Spring 2014

Journal article titles appearing in thesis/dissertation

  • Modeling the value of a product at the design & functional levels: self-guided algorithms & control approach
  • Economical impact of RFID implementation in remanufacturing: a chaos-based interactive artificial bee colony approach


xv, 95 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references.


© 2014 Vishwa V. Kumar, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

File Type




Subject Headings

Remanufacturing -- Research
Computer integrated manufacturing systems
Remanufacturing -- Automation
Radio frequency identification systems
Artificial intelligence

Thesis Number

T 10459

Electronic OCLC #


Included in

Manufacturing Commons