Increasing attention has recently been drawn to the energy consumption of the manufacturing process. Facing the challenges from reducing emission, rising raw material prices and energy costs, manufacturers are trying to balance the energy usage strategy among the total energy consumption, economy and environment, which can be self-conflicting at times. This paper focuses on the objective optimizations of a plant level energy supply system, and describes how a multi-objective optimization strategy can be effectively formulated for making the best use of energy delivered to the manufacturing process. An example from an automotive assembly manufacturer is described.
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Plant Level Energy Supply Analysis and Optimization in Energy, Economy and Environment
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Feng, L, Mears, L, Zhu, Q, Beaufort, C, & Schulte, J. "Plant Level Energy Supply Analysis and Optimization in Energy, Economy and Environment." Proceedings of the 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. V001T05A003. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/MSEC2014-4014
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