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Sustainability 2017, 9(6), 923;

Sustainable Optimization of Manufacturing Process Effectiveness in Furniture Production

Department of Business Economics, Technical University in Zvolen, T.G. Masaryka 24, 96053 Zvolen, Slovakia
Department of Management Theories, University of Žilina, Univerzitná 8215/1, 010 26 Žilina, Slovakia
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Academic Editor: Marc A. Rosen
Received: 31 March 2017 / Revised: 12 May 2017 / Accepted: 30 May 2017 / Published: 1 June 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainability in Manufacturing)
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Sustainable manufacturing is connected with the effectiveness of production processes. There are several solutions to improve manufacturing sustainability. This paper deals with the possibilities of the utilization of mathematical methods to solve optimization problems in the production process of furniture. The aim of the paper is to create a mathematical model of the key processes in order to maximize productivity and cost reduction by identifying key processes and parameters influencing manufacturing effectiveness. After identification of the parameters describing the key process (milling), an abstract model of the manufacturing process was created. Identified input parameters were the cutting velocity, feed rate, and a total volume of removed material. The output parameters were surface roughness, process duration, and process cost. The experimentally measured and calculated values of the output parameters were analyzed by a multiple regression tool. The method of an artificial neural network was used as a numeric method for optimization. The results showed that the maximal effectiveness of the sub-process can be achieved if the CNC machine is set at the cutting velocity of 4398.23 m·min−1 and feed rate of 11.00 m·min−1. Maximal values of the created neural network showed optimal values of input and output parameters. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable optimization; process effectiveness; furniture production; artificial neural networks; key sub-process sustainable optimization; process effectiveness; furniture production; artificial neural networks; key sub-process

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Sujova, A.; Marcinekova, K.; Hittmar, S. Sustainable Optimization of Manufacturing Process Effectiveness in Furniture Production. Sustainability 2017, 9, 923.

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