Development and utilization of a process-oriented information model for sustainable manufacturing

Heng Zhang, Bicheng Zhu, Yunpeng Li, Omer Yaman, Utpal Roy

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Today sustainability-related decision making plays a critical role in manufacturing. However, due to the lack of a formal representation of the information regarding material properties and manufacturing processes, the adoption and use of rules related to sustainability evaluation in the design phase are still heavily experienced-based. Thus, a new generation of Computer Aided Design (CAD) system is needed for designers to achieve intelligent decision making about product sustainability evaluation. The first step towards such a goal is to develop an "Information Model" to integrate all the relevant information. This paper proposes a three-layered framework for Process-oriented Information Model development and utilization, which can evaluate energy consumption for different processes under a generalized information core. The sustainability analysis of a gear design has been presented here to demonstrate the implementation of the proposed framework.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)272-280
Number of pages9
JournalTransactions of the North American Manufacturing Research Institution of SME
Issue numberJanuary
StatePublished - 2014
Event42nd North American Manufacturing Research Conference 2014, NAMRC 2014 - Detroit, United States
Duration: Jun 9 2014Jun 13 2014


  • Process-oriented information model
  • Sustainability-related decision making
  • Sustainable manufacturing
  • System implementation
  • Three-layered architecture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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