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Progress in Industrial Ecology, An International Journal

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Progress in Industrial Ecology, An International Journal (4 papers in press)

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  • Enhancing eco-economic efficiency of mineral deposit exploration to achieve sustainable development in the mining industry of Kazakhstan   Order a copy of this article
    by Kashamida Tazhibekova, Aigerim Shametova, Abay Urazbekov, Bura Akhmetzhanov, Serik Akenov, Svetlana Tulupova 
    Abstract: The article aims to study key aspects of sustainable eco-economic improvement of mining companies in Kazakhstan. The study involves 10 of the most important companies of Kazakhstan that are engaged in ore extraction and metallurgy. In addition, a Plan-Do-Check-Act model to improve functioning of a decoupling-based analysis system was introduced. Despite high positions in a decoupling ranking, companies such as ArcelorMittal Temirtau, Vostochnoye Rudoupravleniye, Zhairem Mining & Processing Plant, and Kazphosphate LLP had plenty of room over the years to grow and reach eco-economic efficiency. The PDCA model enables companies to analyse their eco-economic management system in terms of efficiency, adequacy and feasibility at certain pre-set intervals. ArcelorMittal Temirtau and Kazphosphate tend to reduce their environmental footprints by using their current technical capacities. To improve resource consumption and sustainability of national/regional economy in the future, state and local governments of Kazakhstan should develop a system of instruments to regulate eco-economic activity of mining companies.
    Keywords: corporate environmental responsibility; corporate social responsibility; CSR; eco-economic management; efficiency; decoupling factor; model.
    DOI: 10.1504/PIE.2020.10032017

Special Issue on: ICONEEEA-2K19 Manufacturing Technology – The Next Generation

  • Machine Cell Formation and Part Family Identification by Combined Algorithm   Order a copy of this article
    by Shunmugasundaram M, KAMALAKANNAN RAMALINGAM, Anbumalar V, Maneiah D 
    Abstract: Two major problems in the cell manufacturing process are machine cell formation and component family identification. A combined algorithm is proposed in this paper to improve the cellular production system. The aim of this algorithm is to maximize the effectiveness of grouping and efficacy of grouping to reduce the part's travel time and increase production. Grouping efficiency and grouping efficacy are the two most widely utilized measures of quality for the proposed cellular manufacturing systems. The proposed method integrates appropriate production data to shape the device cell and classify the component unit, compared to the well-known approaches.
    Keywords: Machine cell; Part family; Cellular Manufacturing System; Combined algorithm; Grouping Efficiency; Grouping Efficacy.

  • A study on IoT integrated project-driven supply chain in Industry 4.0 environment   Order a copy of this article
    by Manavalan Ethirajan, Jayakrishna Kandasamy 
    Abstract: Project-based organisations are facing real-time challenges such as cost overrun, handle deviations and communication gaps to meet the customer requirements. Projects mostly do not have real-time information on labour and material shortage. From the literature, it is identified that project-driven supply chain (PDSC) activities comprise of both on-field activities (i.e., resource and equipment planning, work assignment), and off-site activities (i.e., manufacturing, transportation, and material stocking). Thus, it is imperative to make both on-field and off-site project community are connected to drive the work alignment and ensure to minimise project disruption. The IoT technology bridges the gaps in the current PDSC and assists enterprises for better project planning and implementation. The objective of the paper is to discuss the opportunities that exist with IoT technology for project-driven supply chain organisations in the Industry 4.0 environment. A case study is performed in a project-based organisation. Based on the study, recommendations are given to stakeholders to deploy IoT to track material shortages in real-time and make timely decisions, reduce equipment maintenance costs and improve workers safety with technology. Overall, IoT embedded PDSC connects the project community in real-time and improves project performance to deliver customer commitments.
    Keywords: Internet of Things; IoT; project-driven supply chain; PDSC; Industry 4.0.

Special Issue on: ESChE 2019 Sustainable Energy Development and Environmental Protection

    by Saidatul Shima Jamari, Yu Xun Teo, Mohd Faizal Ali 
    Abstract: Oil palm plantation waste is a potential renewable energy resource in terms of energy security and carbon-neutral fuel. The waste from the plantation sites, such as oil palm fronds (OPF) and oil palm trunks (OPT) is currently underutilised. In this work, the thermal degradation behaviour of the OPF and OPT, and evaluation on the kinetic and activation energy of the torrefied products are investigated. The samples undergo light (200?C), mild (250?C), and severe (300?C) torrefaction for 30 minutes in inert condition. Then, the samples are characterized using bomb calorimeter, FTIR, and TGA analyses. As a result, the calorific values of OPF and OPT improved to 22.46 MJ/kg and 25.48 MJ/kg from the raw samples. At mild torrefaction, the energy yield of the solid product was higher for both OPF and OPT. In conclusion, the mild condition process showed optimum characteristics for both OPT and OPF as the feedstock for energy application.
    Keywords: Energy; Oil palm; Torrefaction; Thermal kinetics.