Sustainable design of manufacturing systems - Assessment of current practices in different parts of a multi-national automotive organization

Malcolm Bird*, Ashok K. Kochhar

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Abstract

As an integral part of research towards the development of an Environmental Design tool for Manufacturing Systems and Processes, a survey was conducted of Manufacturing Engineers in a global automotive organization. The focus of the study was to identify the current situation in the organization in relation to environmental awareness and the need for a design tool to assist future sustainable process design. The results revealed significant differences in the thinking of the engineers, all of whom are engaged in the manufacture of similar products, using similar processes. This paper provides an analysis of the results and also considers the reasons for those differences and in particular the potential of a cultural impact on environmental issues.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIFAC Proceedings Volumes (IFAC-PapersOnline)
PublisherElsevier
Pages1760-1765
Number of pages6
Volume13
EditionPART 1
ISBN (Print)9783902661432
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2009
Event13th IFAC Symposium on Information Control Problems in Manufacturing, INCOM'09 - Moscow, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 Jun 20095 Jun 2009

Publication series

NameIFAC Proceedings Volumes
PublisherElsevier
Number4
Volume42
ISSN (Print)1474-6670

Conference

Conference13th IFAC Symposium on Information Control Problems in Manufacturing, INCOM'09
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityMoscow
Period3/06/095/06/09

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Keywords

  • Environmental impact
  • Lean manufacturing
  • Manufacturing system
  • Performance
  • Sustainable design

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Bird, M., & Kochhar, A. K. (2009). Sustainable design of manufacturing systems - Assessment of current practices in different parts of a multi-national automotive organization. In IFAC Proceedings Volumes (IFAC-PapersOnline) (PART 1 ed., Vol. 13, pp. 1760-1765). (IFAC Proceedings Volumes; Vol. 42, No. 4). Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.3182/20090603-3-RU-2001.0156