Monika Kosacka and Paulina Golińska
Keywords: sustainability, dismantling, materials management
Paper type: Research paper
Published online: 30 April 2014
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Abstract Sustainable resources utilization is very actual issue considered in three dimensions: economic, social and environmental. Products end-of-life management is a key element of sustainable development. Automotive industry is a big supplier of different kinds of waste. End-of-life vehicles are becoming problem in most of the Member Countries. Poland is a country with one of the oldest vehicles feet in EU. It results in a growing trend of the number of old and worn cars, which need to be dismantled and recovered. The objective of this paper is to present an assessment of sustainability in disassembly station. Authors present theoretical background of research, case study description and complex analyses of dismantling process in one of the biggest dismantling stations in Poland with application of following tools: VSM maps, diagram SIPOC and RPA method. The analysis allows to identify main problems which exist in this field and to propose some improvement measures in order to improve the sustainability of dismantling operations.