A Generic Sankey Tool for Evaluating Energy Value Stream in Manufacturing Systems

Wen Li, Sebastian Thiede, Sami Kara, Christoph Herrmann

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Sustainability has become one of the competitive strategies for today's manufacturers who are proactively seeking solutions to evaluate and improve their performances from both economic and environmental perspectives. As a result, a number of researchers have proposed the concept of Energy Value Stream Mapping (EVSM). However, the economic and environmental aspects were previously evaluated and presented individually. Therefore, this paper presents the development of an integrated tool to evaluate and visualise complex flows in a manufacturing system from the energy, material and time perspectives. A generic Sankey diagram platform is built to connect with existing databases (e.g. ERP) for a continuous analysis. An Australian aluminium recycling company is presented to demonstrate the developed tool.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)475-480
JournalProcedia CIRP
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event24th CIRP Conference on Life Cycle Engineering, LCE 2017 - Kamakura Prince Hotel, Kamakura, Japan
Duration: 8 Mar 201710 Mar 2017
Conference number: 24


  • Energy value stream map
  • Visualisation
  • SME


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