SME appropriate concept for continuously improving the energy and resource efficiency in manufacturing companies

S. Thiede, G. Posselt, C. Herrmann

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)204-211
JournalCIRP journal of manufacturing science and technology
Volume6
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Energy and resource efficiency
  • SME
  • Manufacturing companies
  • Continuous improvement

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