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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Nowadays sustainability related decision making plays a critical role in the product design and manufacturing. However, due to the lack of a formal representation of the information regarding the manufacturing processes and sustainability, the sustainability evaluation of the manufacturing processes in the design phase is still inadequate. Thus, a new generation of Computer-Aided Design (CAD) system is needed for the product designers to carry out sustainability related decision makings. The first step toward such a goal is to develop an "information model" to capture and integrate all the relevant information. This paper proposes a Process-oriented Information Model (PIM) to integrate the relevant information regarding the sustainable manufacturing with the product design information. A three-layered framework is also proposed for the utilization of the proposed PIM in a software environment. A case study has been presented to demonstrate a preliminary software system developed based on the proposed PIM and the three-layered framework. It shows the preliminary system has the ability to assist the product designers in making their sustainability related decisions in the product design stage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)459-466
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Manufacturing Systems
StatePublished - Oct 1 2015


  • Process-oriented Information Model
  • Sustainability related decision making
  • Sustainable manufacturing
  • Three-layered framework

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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