Consciously considering the energy and resource consumption is of rising interest in manufacturing companies. However, especially in small and medium sized enterprises (SME) the target-oriented implementation of promising measures is impeded by different obstacles such as unattractive amortisation times, lack of transparency or high efforts (personnel/time). Against this background, the paper presents a SME appropriate concept for the systematic and continuous improvement of the energy and resource efficiency in manufacturing companies. It consists of a methodological framework which is connected to a technical infrastructure with different elements. The vision is a seamless integration – besides conventional time, cost and quality oriented target variables - of energy and resource flow related aspects into the continuous control loop of production management. The applicability and benefits of the concept are shown in a case study of a medium sized company from the textile industry.
|Journal||CIRP journal of manufacturing science and technology|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|
- Energy and resource efficiency
- Manufacturing companies
- Continuous improvement