(Enhanced version of keynote paper from Annals of the CIRP Vol. 43/2000) 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.
Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part B-journal of Engineering Manufacture, 2001, Vol 215, Issue 5, p. 599-626
sustainable industrial production; economy and ecology; assessment