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Analyzing the Drivers of Advanced Sustainable Manufacturing System Using AHP Approach

Department of Mechanical Engineering, PTR College of Engineering & Technology, Madurai 625008, India
Department of Mechanical Engineering, KLN College of Engineering, Pottapalayam 630612, India
Center for Engineering Operations Management, Department of Technology and Innovation, University of Southern Denmark, Odense 5230, Denmark
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Academic Editor: Marc A. Rosen
Sustainability 2016, 8(8), 824;
Received: 11 May 2016 / Revised: 4 August 2016 / Accepted: 12 August 2016 / Published: 22 August 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue How Better Decision-Making Helps to Improve Sustainability - Part II)
A number of current manufacturing sectors are striving hard to introduce innovative long-term strategies into their operations. As a result, many scholarly studies have found it fruitful to investigate advanced manufacturing strategies such as agile, computer-integrated, and cellular manufacturing. Through the example of downstream cases, manufacturing sectors have learned that financial benefits garnered through automated technologies cannot be counted on as a sole measure to ensure their success in today’s competitive and fluctuating marketplaces. The objective of this study is to integrate those advanced techniques with sustainable operations, to promote advanced sustainable manufacturing so those manufacturing sectors can thrive even in uncertain markets. To establish this connection, this study analyzes the drivers of advanced sustainable manufacturing through a proposed framework validated through a case study in India. Common drivers are collected from the literature, calibrated with opinions from experts, and analyzed through an analytical hierarchy process (AHP), which is a multi-criteria decision making (MCDM) approach. This study reveals that quality is the primary driver that pressures manufacturing sectors to adopt advanced sustainable manufacturing. Manufacturers can easily note the top ranked driver and adopt it to soundly implement advanced sustainable manufacturing. In addition, some key future scopes are explored along with possible recommendations for effective implementation of advanced sustainable manufacturing systems. View Full-Text
Keywords: advanced sustainable manufacturing systems; drivers; AHP; MCDM advanced sustainable manufacturing systems; drivers; AHP; MCDM
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Shankar, K.M.; Kumar, P.U.; Kannan, D. Analyzing the Drivers of Advanced Sustainable Manufacturing System Using AHP Approach. Sustainability 2016, 8, 824.

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