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Manufacturing Process Information Models for Sustainable Manufacturing

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Lina Valivullah, S. K. Gupta

University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Mahesh Mani

National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MDUniversity of Maryland, College Park, MD

Kevin W. Lyons

National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD

Paper No. MSEC2014-4105, pp. V001T05A005; 8 pages
  • ASME 2014 International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference collocated with the JSME 2014 International Conference on Materials and Processing and the 42nd North American Manufacturing Research Conference
  • Volume 1: Materials; Micro and Nano Technologies; Properties, Applications and Systems; Sustainable Manufacturing
  • Detroit, Michigan, USA, June 9–13, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: Manufacturing Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4580-6
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


Sustainable manufacturing systems use processes, methodologies, and technologies that are energy efficient and environmentally friendly. To create and maintain such systems, well-defined measurement methodologies and corresponding manufacturing information models play a crucial role to consistently compute and evaluate sustainability performance indicators of manufacturing processes that will result in reliable decision support. However, when it comes to describing sustainability of product manufacturing, the presently available methods and tools do not account for manufacturing processes explicitly and hence result in inaccurate and ambiguous decisions between alternate systems. Furthermore, there are no formal methods for acquiring and exchanging sustainability-related information that help establish a consolidated sustainability information base for decision support. This paper presents a study on the scope of the currently available manufacturing information models to incorporate sustainability. Identifying the requirements for information models that cater to sustainable manufacturing was done utilizing an earlier developed Systems Integration for Manufacturing Applications (SIMA) reference architecture model. We propose an extension to the SIMA architecture considering sustainability and refer to it as a GreenSIMA architecture. We present injection-molding unit manufacturing process as an example.

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