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A Prototype Web-Based User Interface for Sustainability Modeling and Optimization



Guodong Shao, David Westbrook, Alexander Brodsky


A growing number of manufacturing industries are initiating efforts to address sustainability issues. Energy efficient manufacturing and low carbon manufacturing are gaining particular attention. Finding the optimal solution of operational strategy and investment planning by analyzing different options is important to decision makers as it allows them to make decisions to avoid the unnecessary high cost of energy and lower the associated carbon emissions. A decision guidance database system introduced in this paper enables the sustainability modeling and optimization for manufacturing processes. A graphical user interface of the database system will conveniently provide decision makers with analysis results and appropriate decision recommendations. This paper discusses the case studies developed previously using the decision guidance database tool and the development of a prototype web-based user interface for these case studies. This prototype provides foundation for future research on sustainability modeling and optimization and the tool can be easily enhanced to become a publicly available tool and used for more complex manufacturing processes and systems.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 7850
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sustainable manufacturing, sustainable machining, energy management, decision guidance query language, optimization, user interface


Shao, G. , Westbrook, D. and Brodsky, A. (2012), A Prototype Web-Based User Interface for Sustainability Modeling and Optimization, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed May 21, 2024)


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Created March 28, 2012, Updated November 10, 2018