Simulation Aided Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment Framework for Manufacturing Design and Management

Gbededo, Mijoh A. and Liyanage, K. and Oraifige, Ilias (2016) Simulation Aided Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment Framework for Manufacturing Design and Management. International Journal of Mechanical, Aerospace, Industrial, Mechatronic and Manufacturing Engineering, 10 (7).

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Abstract

Decision making for sustainable manufacturing design and management requires critical considerations due to the complexity and partly conflicting issues of economic, social and environmental factors. Although there are tools capable of assessing the combination of one or two of the sustainability factors, the frameworks have not adequately integrated all the three factors. Case study and review of existing simulation applications also shows the approach lacks integration of the sustainability factors. In this paper we discussed the development of a simulation based framework for support of a holistic assessment of sustainable manufacturing design and management. To achieve this, a strategic approach is introduced to investigate the strengths and weaknesses of the existing decision supporting tools. Investigation reveals that Discrete Event Simulation (DES) can serve as a rock base for other Life Cycle Analysis frameworks. Simio-DES application optimizes systems for both economic and competitive advantage, Granta CES EduPack and SimaPro collate data for Material Flow Analysis and environmental Life Cycle Assessment, while social and stakeholders’ analysis is supported by Analytical Hierarchy Process, a Multi-Criteria Decision Analysismethod. Such a commonand integratedframework createsa platform for companies to build a computer simulation model of a real system and assess the impact of alternative solutions before implementing a chosen solution.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Discrete event simulation, life cycle sustainability analysis,manufacturing,sustainability
Subjects: H100 General Engineering
Divisions: Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment > Advanced Design Engineering
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment > Advanced Systems Engineering
UoA Collections > UoA15: General Engineering
Depositing User: Oana-Andreea Dumitrascu
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2017 11:17
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2017 13:30
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/4830

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