InImpact: The Journal of Innovation Impact

Publisher Future Technology Press
Vol. 7 No. 2 KES Transactions on SDM I - Sustainable Design and Manufacturing 2014
Volume Editors KES International
Journal ISSN 2051-6002
Article TitleDevelopment of an innovative ERWC approach to sustainable manufacturing with application to design of an energy-resource efficient CNC centreless grinding
Primary AuthorHui Ding, Harbin Institute of Technology, china
Other Author(s) Kai Cheng
Pages 653 - 667
Article ID sdm14-076
Publication Date 01-May-16
AbstractAbstract Sustainable manufacturing is becoming increasingly important for modern manufacturing industry, while it is also one of the key challenges to manufacturers all around the world since its connotation is not clear and there are no systematic operational approaches to guide the design and service processes for mechanical products development. In this paper, an innovative ERWC (Energy-Resource-Waste-Carbon-footprint) approach is proposed to address the sustainable manufacturing and provide specific tools and methods to enable sustainable design and machining of machine tools. In the ERWC model, the energy consumption (E), resource utilization (R) and waste generation (W) are all converted to the equivalent carbon dioxide emission that is defined as a sustainable manufacturing attribute to comprehensively analyze the environmental impacts. Based on the ERWC approach, the methodological pieces of the operation process are delivered in order to reduce the environmental impact in terms of energy consumption, resource utilization and waste generation in the design and service stages, and also for the test and calibration of the environmental impact level of machine tools. The proposed methodology in this paper is carried out with the grinding process as an exemplar while it can be applicable to other machining processes, which is of high industrial and scientific significance.
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