Modelling and simulation for lean and sustainable manufacturing system development

Juhani Heilala, Marja Paju, Jari Montonen, Markku Hentula, Antti Heikkilä

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    Environmental issues are becoming more and more important in manufacturing, sustainable production and environmentally benign manufacturing because of rising concerns regarding climate change, depletion of natural resources and pollution. Lean manufacturing, identification and elimination of waste and production losses, and environmental considerations are all needed during development of a sustainable manufacturing system. In the design phase a multitude of system dimensions must be jointly optimized and the engineers need holistic decision support, otherwise sub-optimization is more likely to occur. Modelling, simulation and digital engineering tools and procedures have had a positive impact on the manufacturing industry as decision-making support. This paper reviews some suitable modelling and simulation approaches for environmental impact analysis during manufacturing system development, shows a link between lean manufacturing, sustainable manufacturing and environmental impacts. A case study on method integration is currently under way.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of APMS 2010 International Conference on Advances in Production Management Systems
    Subtitle of host publicationCernobbio, Como, Italy, 11-13.10.2010
    Number of pages8
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication


    • modelling and simulation
    • value stream map
    • discrete event simulation
    • life cycle assessment
    • sustainable manufacturing


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