Title: Low Carbon Manufacturing: characterisation, theoretical models and implementation

Authors: S. Tridech, K. Cheng

Addresses: Advanced Manufacturing and Enterprise Engineering (AMEE) Department, School of Engineering and Design, Brunel University, UB8 3PH, UK. ' Advanced Manufacturing and Enterprise Engineering (AMEE) Department, School of Engineering and Design, Brunel University, UB8 3PH, UK

Abstract: Low Carbon Manufacturing (LCM) can be referred to the manufacturing process that produces low carbon emissions intensity and uses energy and resources efficiently and effectively during the process. The paper aims to research the fundamental issues and implementation and application perspectives of LCM and is structured in four parts. Firstly, the LCM conception is introduced and critically reviewed, and then the characterisation of low carbon manufacturing discussed and formulated. Thirdly, the theoretical models for LCM are developed with initial models using the theory from supply chain modelling and Linear Programming (LP). Finally, the pilot implementations of LCM are explored with two approaches, i.e., desktop/micro machines and devolved manufacturing. The paper concludes with further discussions on potential and applications of LCM. [Received 13 November 2009; Revised 5 May 2010; Accepted 27 October 2010]

Keywords: LCM; low carbon manufacturing; micromanufacturing systems; devolved manufacturing; energy efficiency; CO2 emissions; carbon emissions; carbon dioxide; linear programming; resource utilisation; supply chain modelling.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMR.2011.040006

International Journal of Manufacturing Research, 2011 Vol.6 No.2, pp.110 - 121

Available online: 11 May 2011 *

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