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Mahesh Mani, Jon Larborn, Bjoern J. Johansson, Kevin W. Lyons, Katherine C. Morris


This paper describes ASTM’s new guide for characterizing the environmental aspects of manufacturing processes (ASTM WK35705). The guide defines a generic representation to support structured information. Representations of multiple unit manufacturing processes can be linked together to support system-level analyses, such as simulation and evaluation of a series of manufacturing processes used in the manufacture and assembly of parts. The result is the ability to more accurately assess and improve the sustainability of production processes. Simulation is commonly used in the manufacturing industries to assess individual process performance at a system level and to understand behaviors and interactions between processes. This paper explores the use of the concepts outlined in the draft standard ASTM WK35705 2014 with three use cases based on an industrial example in the pulp and paper industry. The intent of the use cases is to show the utility of the draft standard as a guideline for composing data to characterize manufacturing processes. The data, besides being useful for descriptive purposes, is used in a simulation model to assess sustainability of the manufacturing system.
ASME Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering


process characterization, unit manufacturing process, standards, use cases


Mani, M. , Larborn, J. , Johansson, B. , Lyons, K. and Morris, K. (2016), STANDARD REPRESENTATIONS FOR CHARACTERIZATION OF INDUSTRIAL PROCESSES, ASME Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, [online], (Accessed June 16, 2024)


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Created October 1, 2016, Updated November 10, 2018