Title: Approaches to sustainable manufacturing

Authors: G. Seliger, H-J. Kim, S. Kernbaum, M. Zettl

Addresses: Department of Assembly Technology and Factory Management, Institute for Machine Tools and Factory Management, Technical University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany. ' Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. ' Department of Assembly Technology and Factory Management, Institute for Machine Tools and Factory Management, Technical University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany. ' Department of Assembly Technology and Factory Management, Institute for Machine Tools and Factory Management, Technical University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Abstract: Topics on sustainable manufacturing, use, environmentally friendly treatment and resource recovery are currently very important issues for governments and industries worldwide. Environmental regulations for technical products currently focus on recycling ratios and prohibition of toxic materials. The concept of creating more use-productivity with less resource consumption has considerable potential to a sustainable society. Hence, the objective of this paper is to identify a research and development plan for sustainable manufacturing focusing on enhancing use-productivity. Core research fields are identified, and finally their technology road maps are developed.

Keywords: sustainable manufacturing; use-productivity; sustainability; resource recovery; environmental regulations; recycling; toxic materials; product use; productivity.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSM.2008.019227

International Journal of Sustainable Manufacturing, 2008 Vol.1 No.1/2, pp.58 - 77

Available online: 02 Jul 2008 *

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