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The Environmental Impact Assessment of a Company’s Manufacturing System

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Dimitrios Anagnostakis, James M. Ritchie, Theodore Lim

Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Conor Craig, Jamie Speedie

Progress Rail Services, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Paper No. DETC2015-48077, pp. V01BT02A061; 10 pages
doi:10.1115/DETC2015-48077
From:
  • ASME 2015 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 1B: 35th Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Boston, Massachusetts, USA, August 2–5, 2015
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5705-2
  • Copyright © 2015 by ASME

abstract

The major objective of this study is the estimation of the environmental impacts of a company’s manufacturing system. For this purpose, environmental key performance indicators are selected related to the energy consumption and pollutant gas emissions. To obtain accurate results and achieve an evaluation of the production system, a discrete event simulation tool was equipped. In this way, the production processes of a company were modelled and simulated in order to be assessed with regards to their environmental performance and impacts. The assessment of the investigated manufacturing system was carried out, by comparing it against a hypothetical ideal system of 100% efficiency in order for potential reductions in energy consumption and carbon emissions to be identified. Additionally, a supplementary use of the proposed methodology is presented showing that modelling the production system in advance a company can save energy and associated costs as well as reduce carbon emissions.

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