Title: Unit Process Impact Assessment for Discrete Part Manufacturing: A State of the Art
Authors: Duflou, Joost *
Kellens, Karel * ×
Dewulf, Wim #
Issue Date: 3-Mar-2011
Publisher: Elsevier BV
Series Title: CIRP Journal of Manufacturing Science and Technology vol:4 issue:2 pages:129-135
Abstract: Manufacturing processes, as used for discrete part manufacturing, are responsible for a substantial part of the environmental impact of products, but are still poorly documented in terms of their environmental footprint. The lack of thorough analysis of manufacturing processes has as consequence that optimization opportunities are often not recognized and that improved machine tool design in terms of ecological footprint has only been targeted for a few common processes. To address these shortcomings, a worldwide consortium of universities and research institutes launched the CO2PE! – Initiative (Cooperative Effort on Process Emissions in Manufacturing) [1]. This paper starts with an overview of the current shortcomings in terms of the coverage of production steps during LCA studies with existing tools. Further on, the CO2PE! - methodology used to analyze manufacturing unit processes is summarized and some initial case studies conducted at the K.U.Leuven, which allowed to identify significant improvement potential, are presented.
ISSN: 1755-5817
VABB publication type: VABB-1
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Centre for Industrial Management / Traffic & Infrastructure
Mechanical Engineering Technology TC, Campus Group T Leuven
Technologiecluster Werktuigkundige Industriƫle Ingenieurstechnieken
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