Towards Development of a Testbed for Sustainable Manufacturing
Juyeon Lee, Seungjun Shin, Yung-Tsun T. Lee, Don E. Libes
A growing number of manufacturing companies are treating sustainability as a strategic objective that will increase both their global competitiveness and their market share. To implement this objective, these companies must first assess, and then evaluate, their current sustainability performance. Assessments and evaluations are carried out by choosing among a variety of existing sustainability metrics, assessment tools, and related standards. To help companies make the best choice, the National Institute of Standards and Technology is establishing a Smart Manufacturing Testbed, with an initial emphasis on sustainable manufacturing. The sustainable manufacturing testbed will provide 1) the infrastructure to demonstrate, test, and validate assessment methods and tools, 2) the ability to test validation to current and future assessment-related standards, 3) the capability needed by the manufacturing industries to perform sustainability assessments, and 4) a repository for storing sustainability data related to products, resources, and processes from case studies describing real manufacturing scenarios. This paper summarizes testbed requirements and functions, proposes an architecture and a system configuration that meet those requirements and implement those functions, and describes a graphical user interface that enables companies to use the testbed.
Concurrent Engineering-Research and Applications
Testbed, Sustainability, Sustainable Manufacturing, Development Methodology