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International Journal of Sustainable Manufacturing


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International Journal of Sustainable Manufacturing (2 papers in press)


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  • Assessing the performance of manufacturing sustainability: a conceptual approach   Order a copy of this article
    by Muhamad Zaki Yusup, Wan Hasrulnizzam Wan Mahmood, Mohd Rizal Salleh 
    Abstract: Sustainability in manufacturing can be achieved through the implementation of practice that incorporates each sustainability component consisting of economic, environmental and social. To support this objective, manufacturers must always measure the current performance of sustainability practice. This is to make sure the aim of its implementation can be improved and strengthened. However, to develop a balance of strategy of each sustainability element is quite difficult if its implementation not able to be assessed accurately. This most likely caused by the weaknesses and confusion in identifying the suitable mediators to support the implementation and assessment of the manufacturing sustainability performance. Therefore, this article tries to disclose through the literature several mediators that can be used to measure the performance of sustainability in promoting the sustainability practice in manufacturing. Six mediation aspects, namely design, materials, process, quality, safety and competency, were identified as noteworthy in assessing the sustainability practice to balance its implementation. A total of 22 sub-mediators of economics, 18 sub-mediators of environmental and 23 sub-mediators of social competency were proposed to be integrated in each mediation aspect to support the assessment process. Through focus and the tendency of each mediator, the conceptual framework was proposed to guide the development of assessment strategies to evaluate the sustainability performance in manufacturing. The findings from this study can provide a starting point to diversify the sustainability performance assessment through the quality-oriented mediator in achieving better manufacturing sustainability practices.
    Keywords: manufacturing, sustainability, mediation aspect, performance assessment mediator, conceptual approach

  • An assessment of environmentally conscious lubrication techniques in Grinding: Use of minimum quantity lubrication, solid lubricants and cryogenic cooling   Order a copy of this article
    by Mayur Makhesana, Kaushik Patel 
    Abstract: The quality of work pieces produce by the grinding operation greatly depends on the heat generated owing to friction and the high specific energy of surface. The heat generated owing to friction not only affects the integrity of the work piece surface but also limits the applicability of the work piece material being ground. To overcome the effects of high heat generation in grinding, cooling and lubrication is generally provided. In this study, an effort is made to review the status on various newer, efficient and environmentally conscious lubrication techniques in grinding operations. It includes the method of minimising the quantity of lubricants, the application of solid lubricants and cryogenic cooling. Such techniques can reduce the cost and environmental hazards in the grinding process and also lead towards cleaner production. The performance and limitations of these methods of lubrication are highlighted here. The review also suggests some possible avenues of future research in cutting fluid application for grinding processes.
    Keywords: grinding; environmentally conscious lubrication techniques; minimum quantity lubrication; solid lubricants