Microelectronics design for pollution prevention: a decision tradeoff tool Conference Paper uri icon


  • After exhausting all `pollution prevention pays' opportunities, further efforts towards environmental protection often engender some type of cost to the manufacturer. Then, designers must weigh tradeoffs between environmental impacts and equally pressing needs to reduce costs, improve product quality and reduce cycle time. This paper presents a computer aid for making these tradeoffs. Qualitative HOQ information is used as a starting point to derive a mathematical programming formulation for multiobjective optimization. An integer linear program is formulated in a user-friendly spreadsheet. A general formulation of the problem for printed circuit board assembly is provided. The conflicting objectives include cost, size, weight, quality, cycle time, disassembly time and solvent VOC's. The decision variables relate to number of layers, board width, board type and types of components.

name of conference

  • 1998 IEEE International Symposium on Electronics and the Environment, ISEE - 1998 (Cat. No.98CH36145)

published proceedings

  • Proceedings of the 1998 IEEE International Symposium on Electronics and the Environment. ISEE - 1998 (Cat. No.98CH36145)

author list (cited authors)

  • Alvarado, J. L., & Thurston, D. L

complete list of authors

  • Alvarado, JL||Thurston, DL

publication date

  • January 1, 1998 11:11 AM