Startup Methodology for Production Flow Simulation Projects Assessing Environmental Sustainability
Paper in proceedings, 2013
Environmental impact assessments for companies and products are important to increase sales and reduce
environmental impact. To support improvements and detailed analyses, researchers have extended the use
of simulation of production flows to include sustainability performance indicators. The research cases
performed until recently lack standardized methodology and thus have comparability issues and an increase
number of common faults. By using a common methodology and gathering best practice, future
cases can gain a lot. Especially noted by the authors is that the project startup phase is critical for success.
This paper proposes a methodology to support the startup phases of simulation projects with sustainability
aspects in production flows. The methodology is developed and applied in an automotive industry study
presented in this paper. Using a rigid project startup, such as the proposed methodology, reduces iterations
during modeling and data collection and decreases time spent on modeling.
Life cycle Assessment
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