Research Papers

A Review of Engineering Research in Sustainable Manufacturing

[+] Author and Article Information
Karl R. Haapala

School of Mechanical, Industrial,
and Manufacturing Engineering,
Oregon State University,
204 Rogers Hall,
Corvallis, OR 97331
e-mail: Karl.Haapala@oregonstate.edu

Fu Zhao

School of Mechanical Engineering,
Division of Environmental
and Ecological Engineering,
Purdue University,
585 Purdue Mall,
West Lafayette, IN 47907
e-mail: fzhao@purdue.edu

Jaime Camelio

Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering,
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University,
235 Durham Hall,
Blacksburg, VA 24061
e-mail: jcamelio@vt.edu

John W. Sutherland

Division of Environmental and Ecological Engineering,
Purdue University,
322 Potter Engineering Center,
West Lafayette, IN 47907
e-mail: jwsuther@purdue.edu

Steven J. Skerlos

Department of Mechanical Engineering,
University of Michigan,
2250 GG Brown Building,
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
e-mail: skerlos@umich.edu

David A. Dornfeld

Department of Mechanical Engineering,
University of California,
6143 Etcheverry Hall,
Berkeley, CA 94720
e-mail: dornfeld@berkeley.edu

I. S. Jawahir

Department of Mechanical Engineering,
University of Kentucky,
414C UK Center for Manufacturing,
Lexington, KY 40506
e-mail: jawahir@engr.uky.edu

Andres F. Clarens

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering,
University of Virginia,
D220 Thornton Hall,
Charlottesville, VA 22904
e-mail: aclarens@virginia.edu

Jeremy L. Rickli

Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering,
Virginia Polytechnic Institute
and State University,
217 Durham Hall,
Blacksburg, VA 24061
e-mail: jlrickli@vt.edu

1Corresponding author.

Contributed by the Manufacturing Engineering Division of ASME for publication in the Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering. Manuscript received July 11, 2012; final manuscript received March 4, 2013; published online July 17, 2013. Editor: Y. Lawrence Yao.

J. Manuf. Sci. Eng 135(4), 041013 (Jul 17, 2013) (16 pages) Paper No: MANU-12-1207; doi: 10.1115/1.4024040 History: Received July 11, 2012; Revised March 04, 2013

Sustainable manufacturing requires simultaneous consideration of economic, environmental, and social implications associated with the production and delivery of goods. Fundamentally, sustainable manufacturing relies on descriptive metrics, advanced decision-making, and public policy for implementation, evaluation, and feedback. In this paper, recent research into concepts, methods, and tools for sustainable manufacturing is explored. At the manufacturing process level, engineering research has addressed issues related to planning, development, analysis, and improvement of processes. At a manufacturing systems level, engineering research has addressed challenges relating to facility operation, production planning and scheduling, and supply chain design. Though economically vital, manufacturing processes and systems have retained the negative image of being inefficient, polluting, and dangerous. Industrial and academic researchers are re-imagining manufacturing as a source of innovation to meet society's future needs by undertaking strategic activities focused on sustainable processes and systems. Despite recent developments in decision making and process- and systems-level research, many challenges and opportunities remain. Several of these challenges relevant to manufacturing process and system research, development, implementation, and education are highlighted.

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The role of the manufacturing industry in a sustainable system

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Key elements of a sustainable manufacturing system include process planning, production scheduling, and forward and reverse supply chains

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Energy use breakdown for machining (the chart on the right combines the categories other than machining shown in the chart on the left; adapted from Ref. [176])

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Integrated approach to sustainable supply chains (adapted from Ref. [200])




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