Title: Methodology for the design of sustainable production systems

Authors: Christoph Herrmann, Lars Bergmann, Sebastian Thiede

Addresses: Institute of Machine Tools and Production Technology (IWF), Dept. Product and Life Cycle Management, Technische Universitat Braunschweig, Langer Kamp 19B, Braunschweig 38106, Germany. ' Institute of Machine Tools and Production Technology (IWF), Dept. Product and Life Cycle Management, Technische Universitat Braunschweig, Langer Kamp 19B, Braunschweig 38106, Germany. ' Institute of Machine Tools and Production Technology (IWF), Dept. Product and Life Cycle Management, Technische Universitat Braunschweig, Langer Kamp 19B, Braunschweig 38106, Germany

Abstract: The demand for a continuous improvement of production systems to meet the requirements of a sustainable development has lead to a complex situation, as economic, ecological and social requirements simultaneously have to be considered. This situation is a challenge for many production companies, as different design parameters have different impacts on production system capabilities. A decision support is necessary for the identification of appropriate design parameters and the prioritisation of specific measures. This paper presents a methodology and an implemented software prototype that support companies to identify and prioritise design parameters for strategic and sustainability-oriented production system design.

Keywords: production system design; sustainable manufacturing; decision support systems; DSS; sustainable production systems; sustainability.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSM.2009.031360

International Journal of Sustainable Manufacturing, 2009 Vol.1 No.4, pp.376 - 395

Published online: 01 Feb 2010 *

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