The mechatronic systems are manufactured and high technology integrated products consisting of mechanical components, electronic devices and software modules. Such products are present in a very fast growing number of industrial products like mobile phones, digital cameras, high standing automobiles, aeronautics or NC machines. Some of these products are mass consumption items such as mobile phones that are characterized by a relatively short commercial lifetime. And then these products are renewed after a few months. Dealing with all this growing amount of wastes generated, is a crucial environmental problem that is becoming a worrying situation. This article proposes an approach aimed to lifecycle design for the recyclability of mass consumption mechatronic products. In this paper, we firstly describe and analyze the mechatronic products behavior from reliability and recyclability viewpoints. Then, we propose an approach for designing such products in order to fulfill recyclability requirements by using a knowledge-based design adviser module.

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