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Sustainability 2015, 7(10), 13085-13103; doi:10.3390/su71013085

A Mathematical Programming Approach to the Optimal Sustainable Product Mix for the Process Industry

Department of Industrial and Management Engineering, College of Engineering and Technology, Arab Academy for Science, Technology, and Maritime Transport (AASTMT), AbuKir Campus, Alexandria 1029, Egypt
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Received: 1 July 2015 / Revised: 16 September 2015 / Accepted: 18 September 2015 / Published: 25 September 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Competitive and Sustainable Manufacturing in the Age of Globalization)
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The increasing concerns about the environment and the depletion of natural resources are the main drivers for the growing interest in sustainability. Manufacturing operations are frequently considered to have an adverse effect on the environment. Hence, the sustainable operation of manufacturing facilities is a vital practice to ensure sustainability. The aim of this paper is to find the optimum product mix of a manufacturing facility to maximize its sustainability. A mixed integer non-linear programming model is developed to specify the product mix in order to maximize a proposed sustainability index (SI) of a manufacturing facility. The sustainability index comprises the economic, environmental and social pillars of sustainability in a weighted form using the analytic hierarchy process (AHP). The model results allow the identification of the prospective improvements of manufacturing sustainability. View Full-Text
Keywords: mathematical modeling; optimization; sustainable manufacturing mathematical modeling; optimization; sustainable manufacturing
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Galal, N.M.; Moneim, A.F.A. A Mathematical Programming Approach to the Optimal Sustainable Product Mix for the Process Industry. Sustainability 2015, 7, 13085-13103.

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