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Manufacturing Footprint Computation From Detailed Machining Plans for Sustainability Assessment in Manufacturing Enterprises

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Ananth K. Turaga, Utpal Roy

Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

Paper No. DETC2011-47984, pp. 959-968; 10 pages
  • ASME 2011 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 2: 31st Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, Parts A and B
  • Washington, DC, USA, August 28–31, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5479-2
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


Several of the currently available engineering design and software analysis packages are being utilized by designers in the early stages of the product life cycle for product modeling and evaluation. However, while the growing need for designing ‘sustainable’ products is increasingly being recognized, an overall lack of measurement tools and formal methods for sustainability assessment remains a void to be addressed. In order to provide a reliable and design-based evaluation approach, “product footprint” is proposed as a viable sustainability assessment metric for gauging the environmental impacts of products. Such an assessment system would give direct feedback to designers of the overall manufacturing impact, so that design modifications can be effected to minimize environmental costs while maintaining product quality and design intent. Further, since all the product structure information is needed throughout the entire product life cycle, the system must be capable of making such evaluations in a PLM environment. A methodology for computing an energy metric and thereby overall manufacturing footprint for sustainability assessment is developed using the Pro/ENGINEER CAD system for design and Pro/NC-MILL for detailed NC path planning for machining operations.

Copyright © 2011 by ASME



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