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Title: A framework for material flow assessment in manufacturing systems
Authors: Gould, Oliver
Colwill, James
Keywords: Material efficiency
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Taylor & Francis © Chinese Institute of Industrial Engineers
Citation: GOULD, O. and COLWILL, J., 2015. A framework for material flow assessment in manufacturing systems. Journal of Industrial and Production Engineering, 32 (1), pp. 55 - 66.
Abstract: Improving material efficiency is widely accepted as one of the key challenges facing manufacturers in the future. Increasing material consumption is having detrimental impacts on the environment as a result of their extraction, processing, and disposal. It is clear that radical improvements in material efficiency are required to avoid further environmental damage and sustain the manufacturing sector. Current resource management approaches are predominantly used to improve material consumption solely in economic terms. Meanwhile, environmental assessment methodologies can determine sources of significant environmental impact related to a product; however, a methodology to effectively assess material efficiency in production systems is currently not available. This paper highlights the benefits of material flow modeling within manufacturing systems to support advances in increased material efficiency, proposing a framework for “material flow assessment in manufacturing” that promotes greater understanding of material flow and flexibility to explore innovative options for improvement.
Description: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published in the Journal of Industrial and Production Engineering on 16 Feb 2015, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/21681015.2014.1000403
Sponsor: This work was funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council [grant number EP/I033351/1] as part of the Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Industrial Sustainability.
Version: Accepted
DOI: 10.1080/21681015.2014.1000403
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/20722
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21681015.2014.1000403
ISSN: 2168-1015
Appears in Collections:Published Articles (Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering)

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