A sustainable manufacturing systems design using processes, methodologies, and technologies that are energy efficient and environmental friendly is desirable and essential for a sustainable development of products and services. Every effort must be made to create and maintain such sustainable manufacturing systems.. Discrete Event Simulation (DES) in combination with Lifecycle Assessment (LCA) system can be utilized to evaluate how a manufacturing system will perform taking into account environmental measures before actual construction or use of the manufacturing system. In this paper, we present a case study on how DES can be utilized to define requirements specification for manufacturing systems in the early stages of the design phase. The case study incorporates use of LCA data in combination with DES. Data for the model in the case study is partly provided through the format supported by the Core Manufacturing Simulation Data (CMSD) standardization effort. The case study develops a prototype paint shop model, and incorporates alternate decisions on energy use, choice of machines, and environmental bottleneck detection. The study results indicate the potential use of utilizing DES in combination with LCA data as requirements specification for designing sustainable manufacturing systems.
Proceedings Title: Proceedings of the PerMIS'09 Conference
Conference Dates: September 21-October 23, 2009
Conference Location: Gaithersburg, MD
Pub Type: Conferences
Discrete Event Simulation, Lifecycle Assessment, Design for Sustainability, Manufacturing system design, Standardization