Towards energy and resource efficient manufacturing: A processes and systems approach

Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article – Annual report year: 2012

  • Author: Duflou, Joost R.

    Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

  • Author: Sutherland, John W.

    Purdue University, United States

  • Author: Dornfeld, David

    University of California, United States

  • Author: Herrmann, Christoph

    Institute of Machine Tools and Production Technology (IWF), Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany

  • Author: Jeswiet, Jack

    Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Queen's University, Canada

  • Author: Kara, Sami

    University of New South Wales, Australia

  • Author: Hauschild, Michael

    Quantitative Sustainability Assessment, Department of Management Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

  • Author: Kellens, Karel

    Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

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This paper aims to provide a systematic overview of the state of the art in energy and resource efficiency increasing methods and techniques in the domain of discrete part manufacturing, with attention for the effectiveness of the available options. For this purpose a structured approach, distinguishing different system scale levels, is applied: starting from a unit process focus, respectively the multi-machine, factory, multi-facility and supply chain levels are covered. Determined by the research contributions reported in literature, the de facto focus of the paper is mainly on energy related aspects of manufacturing. Significant opportunities for systematic efficiency improving measures are identified and summarized in this area.
Original languageEnglish
JournalC I R P Annals
Publication date2012
CitationsWeb of Science® Times Cited: 89


  • Energy efficiency, Manufacturing, Sustainable development
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