A tool-supported approach towards water efficiency in manufacturing

D. Kurle*, S. Thiede, C. Herrmann

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Many manufacturing companies fail to exploit hidden potentials in optimizing their water operations. This aspect is often shown by unorganized water efficiency effort with sub-optimal results. Against this background, the paper presents a structured approach for systematically improving the water efficiency in manufacturing companies. It comprises the identification and visualization of water related hot-spots subdivided into different respective water flows as well as six different water consuming sectors of a factory. Based on the outcome, the approach further proposes basic principles each represented by promising measures to increase water efficiency which can be assessed individually.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-39
Number of pages6
JournalProcedia CIRP
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event3rd CIRP Global Web Conference, CIRPe 2014: Advancement beyond state of the art - University of Naples Frederico II, Naples, Italy
Duration: 3 Jun 20146 Jun 2014
Conference number: 3


  • Manufacturing
  • Resource efficiency
  • Water efficiency
  • Water system
  • Work steps

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