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Evaluation of recovery configuration options by product utilisation value

Swee Siong Kuik (School of Engineering, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia)
Sev Nagalingam (Business School, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia)
Premaratne Samaranayake (School of Business, Western Sydney University, Sydney, Australia)
Michael William McLean (IMIA Centre for Strategic Business Studies, Australian Graduate School of Leadership, Sydney, Australia)

Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management

ISSN: 1741-038X

Article publication date: 5 June 2017




The purpose of this paper is to propose an approach to evaluate product performance of returned products, using four key performance attributes as the basis for improving sustainability through product recovery.


A fuzzy logic approach is developed to account a trade-off scenario for a manufactured product with recovery options. This approach is demonstrated using a numerical example and is validated using a case study in the automotive parts and components industry.


Product utilisation value (PUV) is found to be a useful index that manufacturers can use to assess product recovery options, as it brings together a number of conflicting parameters into a rationalised value for decision making. In addition, PUV provides a rationalised approach for comparing and selecting the most appropriate recovery configuration option.

Research limitations/implications

The authors only utilise four key performance measures to derive PUV. Further research is needed to modify and incorporate other measures that are important to decision makers to improve sustainability in manufacturing supply chains.

Practical implications

The proposed approach may motivate decision makers to consider sustainable recovery options by comparing PUVs of products for primary and secondary markets. The case study demonstrated the conflict and complexity organisations face in a global supply chain of a competitive industry.


The authors propose an approach to optimise trade-off considerations of selected performance attributes through PUV. This PUV as a benchmark can help improve recovery of the returned products and reduce landfill.



Kuik, S.S., Nagalingam, S., Samaranayake, P. and McLean, M.W. (2017), "Evaluation of recovery configuration options by product utilisation value", Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, Vol. 28 No. 5, pp. 686-710.



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