A novel approach to evaluating sustainability of products and associated manufacturing processes

Parakram Pyakurel, Fayyaz Rehman, Rob Benham

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    Digital twinning offers a prospect of accessing enormous information about products and associated manufacturing processes by applying internet of things, artificial intelligence, and digital databases, specifically in the context of Industry 4.0. The gathered information can enable the evaluation of the degree of sustainability of any product and the associated manufacturing processes. This paper proposes such evaluation by utilizing a novel metric termed as Product Sustainability Index (PSI). Advances in smart manufacturing and digital twinning could enable collection of data needed to estimate PSI which considers environmental and societal dimensions of sustainability associated with the production processes of any product. The PSI has a potential to inform customers about the environmental impacts of the products they consume and may also be used as an evaluation and a policy tool by manufacturers and governments.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAdvances in Manufacturing Technology XXXV
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 19th International Conference on Manufacturing Research, Incorporating the 36th National Conference on Manufacturing Research, 6–8 September 2022, University of Derby, Derby, UK
    EditorsM. Shafik, K. Case
    PublisherIOS Press
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-64368-331-7
    ISBN (Print)978-1-64368-330-0
    Publication statusPublished - 8 Nov 2022

    Publication series

    NameAdvances in Transdisciplinary Engineering


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