Title: Approaching durability assessment and analysis of frequent failures to support product policies: the example of dishwashers
Authors: TECCHIO PAOLOARDENTE FULVIOMATHIEUX FABRICETALENS PEIRO LAURAEISENRIEGLER Sepp
Publisher: Fraunhofer IZM
Publication Year: 2016
JRC N°: JRC102979
ISBN: 978-3-00-053763-9
URI: www.electronicsgoesgreen.org
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC102979
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: The authors conducted an investigation on the dishwasher case study, focusing on two main material efficiency aspects related to the lifetime of products: durability and reparability. The former was analysed through an envi-ronmental assessment of dishwashers with extended lifetime, assumed to be initially 12.5 years, and potentially extended by 1 to 6 years. The environmental assessment was performed by means of the Durability indexes of the method “Resource Efficiency Assessment of Products” (REAPro). The second aspect was approached with a statistical analysis of frequent failure modes with raw data collected from a representative European re-use/re-pair centre, in order to identify relevant components on which policy requirements could apply. Finally, the pa-per discusses the relevance of the lifetime of a product as a key aspect to maintain the value of Energy related Products in the economy as long as possible by facilitating maintenance and reparation.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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