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Title: An examination of application scale for material flow assessment in manufacturing systems
Authors: Gould, Oliver
Colwill, James
Keywords: Manufacturing systems
Material flow
Resource efficiency
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: © The Authors. Published by IOS Press
Citation: GOULD, O. and COLWILL, J., 2016. An examination of application scale for material flow assessment in manufacturing systems. IN: Goh, Y.M. and Case, K. (eds.) Advances in Manufacturing Technology XXX: Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Manufacturing Research, Loughborough University, September 6–8, pp. 393-398.
Series/Report no.: Advances in Transdisciplinary Engineering;3
Abstract: Evaluation of material flow in manufacturing systems can be used as a way of identifying and implementing options for improvements in material efficiency in the factory. We have previously developed a framework for material flow assessment in manufacturing systems (MFAM), which incorporates material flow information in both quantitative and qualitative terms as materials travel through a user-defined system. In this paper we examine the potential for application of the MFAM at various system scales, ranging from individual process scale, to manufacturing cell, factory, enterprise, and local or global supply chain scale divisions. Here we describe guidelines for setting the appropriate system boundary. In addition we highlight the potential material efficiency improvement options available in each case, in terms of the scope of improvements and the potential for integration within future strategic planning processes.
Description: The final publication is available at IOS Press through http://dx.doi.org/10.3233/978-1-61499-668-2-381
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 for publication
DOI: 10.3233/978-1-61499-668-2-381
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/22771
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.3233/978-1-61499-668-2-381
ISBN: 9781614996675
ISSN: 2195-3597
Appears in Collections:Conference Papers and Contributions (Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering)

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