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Sustainable Overall Throughputability Effectiveness (S.O.T.E.) as a Metric for Production Systems

Mechanical Engineering School, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Valparaiso 243000, Chile
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Polytechnic University of Milan, Piazza Leonardo da Vinci, 32, 20133 Milano, Italy
Inacap Valparaiso, Universidad Tecnológica de Chile INACAP, Valparaiso 243000, Chile
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Sustainability 2018, 10(2), 362;
Received: 22 December 2017 / Revised: 18 January 2018 / Accepted: 20 January 2018 / Published: 31 January 2018
This paper proposes a new index for a comprehensive and systematic measurement of sustainability and throughput performance in production systems. The proposed index, called Sustainable Overall Throughput Effectiveness (S.O.T.E.), is designed on the basis of a comparison of the environmental and operational factors. Specifically, it integrates the following four dimensions: availability, utilization, performance, and environmental sustainability. The way each dimension is measured is explained and justified. This index uses the overall environmental equipment effectiveness (OEEE) index, which is based on the Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) index. However, such metrics are lacking at the factory level, because OEEE, as well as the OEE, is devoted to equipment-level. Its application and potential contribution to the analysis of sustainable throughput is demonstrated through a case study in an actual crushing plant. Through examining several hypotheses concerning the relationship between operational and environmental performance, a series of useful conclusions could be raised. The main difference and advantage of the proposed S.O.T.E. is that S.O.T.E., as it is based on the Overall Throughput Effectiveness (OTE), measures factory-level sustainability and operational performance. S.O.T.E. allows us to relate the impact of the overall effectiveness of each one of the components of the index to each piece of equipment that makes a part of the production systems. Furthermore, S.O.T.E., as OTE, take into account the production system configuration (series, parallel, assembly, etc.). View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainability; environmental impact; throughput; Overall Equipment Effectiveness sustainability; environmental impact; throughput; Overall Equipment Effectiveness
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Durán, O.; Capaldo, A.; Duran Acevedo, P.A. Sustainable Overall Throughputability Effectiveness (S.O.T.E.) as a Metric for Production Systems. Sustainability 2018, 10, 362.

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