THE FAMILIARITY WITH AND THE USE OF DISASSEMBLY-SUPPORTING CONNECTIONS AND FASTENERS IN GERMANY’S MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY – A SURVEY
The aim of this study was to find out to what degree disassembly-supporting connections are known and used in practice; how knowledge of the existence of such connections affects their use. It could be shown that these connections are mostly unknown. This is one of the main reasons why they are not used in technical products. Other reasons are the lack of information about the characteristics and properties of disassembly-supporting connections and insufficient experience with their application. So there is a strong need for further research at the area of disassembly-supporting connections. Therefore we undertake further analytical and experimental research to determine and provide the relevant information to design practice.