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Manufactured article recycling system Patent #: 5965858
ApplicationNo. 360687 filed on 07/26/1999
US Classes:235/380, Credit or identification card systems235/375, SYSTEMS CONTROLLED BY DATA BEARING RECORDS235/376Operations analysis
ExaminersPrimary: Frech, Karl D.
Assistant: Le, U Chau
Attorney, Agent or Firm
Foreign Patent References
International ClassesG06K 005/00
Foreign Application Priority Data1998-07-27 JP
AbstractA method and system for managing the overall life cycle of a product from its manufacture to its destruction or recycling. To the product is affixed a storage medium storing a product identifier uniquely identifying the product and information about the parts that are contained in the product. At each site that the product passes through during its life cycle, product life cycle information is recorded in the storage medium affixed to the product. When the product is to be destroyed or recycled, the information stored in the recording medium is used to determine the method for destroying or recycling. The product is then destroyed or recycled according to this method.