Dr. Claver Diallo, PhD, PEng

Production, upgrading, pricing, distribution, retailing and warranty issues in remanufacturing 

Department of Industrial Engineering
Dalhousie University

Date: Wednesday 18 May 2022
Time: 13:00 pm to 14:00 pm
Venue: MA 310 at 5269 Morris Street (Morroy Building) and/or
Online MS Teams

In 2015, the United Nations Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with at its core 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) to preserve the planet and its resources for future generations. Remanufacturing covers several of these SDGs and is one of the main operations of the circular economy. Remanufacturing has been adopted by manufacturers and/or remanufacturers to extend the life cycles of their products and reduce material, energy, and labor consumption. Remanufacturing has experienced significant growth over the past decades and is forecast to keep growing. However, some hurdles could soon hamper its development. Sales cannibalization between new and remanufactured products is one such obstacle that could prevent the remanufacturing industry from further developing. Consumers perceiving remanufactured products as having lower quality and performance than new ones could also reduce demand and force manufacturers to opt for less environmentally friendly value recovery options. To mitigate the negative effects of cannibalization, optimal pricing and retailing strategies should be designed for the competing new and remanufactured products. Appropriate upgrading and after-sales services should be developed and offered to consumers to help alleviate their quality, performance, and safety concerns about the remanufactured products. Upgrade operations are improvement actions that can be carried out on recovered end-of-life systems to rejuvenate them and make them fit for subsequent lifecycles. These operations are costly but improve the reliability of these second-hand systems and consequently can reduce their maintenance costs and increase consumer confidence and adoption. This talk will explore several research themes dealing with the pricing, production, upgrading, distribution, retailing, and after-sales service strategies for new and remanufactured products. 

Speaker Biography
Claver Diallo Ph.D., P.Eng., is Professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He has taught at Dalhousie University since October 2007 and served as Acting Department Head of Industrial Engineering. He holds a Ph.D. and a Master of Applied Science degree in Industrial Engineering, and a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Laval University, Quebec, Canada. He is a member of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering (IISE), Canadian Operational Research Society (CORS) and Engineers Nova Scotia. His current research is focused on production and distribution systems design within the Industry 4.0 context which includes hyperconnected logistics networks, smart production planning and control, sustainable supply chain management, and reliability engineering & predictive maintenance.

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Prof. Floris Goerlandt
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