Special Issue "Green Manufacturing Processes for Leading Industrial Sectors"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2020).

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Luis Norberto López De Lacalle
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Department of Mechanical Engineering (High Performance Manufacturing Group), University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Parque Tecnológico de Zamudio 202, 48170 Bilbao, Spain
Interests: manufacturing process; aeronautics; machine tools; Industry 4.0; machining
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Dr. Adrian Rodriguez
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CFAA; Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of the Basque Country; Zamudio technological Park, 48170, Spain
Interests: green processes, coolants, production managements, special processes, cryogenic cooling

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Green manufacturing implies taking into account all aspects related with economic and sustainable development of factories. All developed and emerging countries are tightening their regulations around environmental issues, and the general population is day by day becoming more conscientious about preserving nature, production, and employment. Green practices are key in all leading manufacturing sectors, such as automotive, aeronautics, windmill, heavy duty production, foundries, forges, and others.

For example, the European program for aeronautics is named Clean Sky. In addition, there is a growing tendency for cars to be electrical, windmills are widespread over our landscapes, recycling industries are introducing new technologies, etc. Clean and lean manufacturing are common concepts.

The Special Issue is open for contributions both in technology aspects and workshops management, even industrial policies applied in industrialized regions.

Prof. Dr. Luis Norberto López de Lacalle
Dr. Adrian Rodriguez
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Clean foundries and forges
  • Green machining workshops
  • Recovery of manufacturing disposals and recycling
  • Clean manufacturing technologies
  • Lean manufacturing
  • Reduction of coolants and harmful lubricants
  • Reduction in electrical power consumption
  • Near-net-shape manufacturing
  • Manufacturing regulations regarding green practices
  • Standards and organization transformation
  • Dry and near-to dry machining
  • Green manufacturing processes
  • Assessment of environmental impact
  • Training and education for green manufacturing
  • Hazards and risk of new emerging manufacturing techniques
  • Green additive manufacturing

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Identification of Key Performance Indicators in Project-Based Organisations through the Lean Approach
Sustainability 2020, 12(15), 5977; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12155977 - 24 Jul 2020
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For the time being, companies and organisations are being forced to compete in utterly complex and globalised environments, facing massive natural, economic, and technological challenges on a daily basis. Addressing these challenges would be impossible without a proper approach that helps them identify, [...] Read more.
For the time being, companies and organisations are being forced to compete in utterly complex and globalised environments, facing massive natural, economic, and technological challenges on a daily basis. Addressing these challenges would be impossible without a proper approach that helps them identify, measure, understand, and control the performance of their organisations. Lean principles and techniques rise as a solution. This paper justifies and proposes the use of lean principles and techniques to identify key performance indicators (KPIs) in project-based organisations based on their organisational and operational needs. The research focuses mainly on the identification and categorisation of KPIs through a qualitative approach, based on systematic literature review (SLR) of performance indicators, project management, and project success. As a case study, an analysis of relevant information of an R&D and innovation project-based organisation, such as quality manuals, a benchmarking process, internal studies, and surveys regarding what success means for different kinds of stakeholders and for the organisation itself was conducted. As a result, this research is of a high value for project-based organisations, especially those that are not apprised of how to correctly formulate a series of KPIs, or whose path to it is still not clear. Full article
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Measuring and Integrating Risk Management into Green Innovation Practices for Green Manufacturing under the Global Value Chain
Sustainability 2020, 12(2), 545; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12020545 - 10 Jan 2020
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How to solve the contradiction between economic growth and ecological environmental protection is a practical problem that should be solved urgently at present. The development of green technology in the manufacturing industry must rely on technology innovation. However, the process of implementing green [...] Read more.
How to solve the contradiction between economic growth and ecological environmental protection is a practical problem that should be solved urgently at present. The development of green technology in the manufacturing industry must rely on technology innovation. However, the process of implementing green innovation in the manufacturing industry is full of high uncertainty and risk. First, the green innovation risks were divided into global green R&D risk, global green manufacturing risk, global green marketing risk, and global green service risk from the perspective of the process. Then, this study established a management criteria system of green innovation risk identification in the manufacturing industry under the global value chain (GVC). Furthermore, three methods were applied to identify the green innovation risk of the manufacturing industry under the GVC. Finally, this paper put forward the countermeasures to the green innovation risk of the manufacturing industry under the GVC. The empirical research results of this paper are as follows: From the perspective of the green innovation process, four risks are classified in this study, namely, global green R&D risk, global green manufacturing risk, global green marketing risk, and global green service risk. Among the four stages of green innovation risk, green marketing risk is the highest, followed by green service risk, and green R&D risk and green manufacturing risk are the least. Global green service risk and green R&D risk can be reduced mainly through risk diversification and risk reduction. Global green manufacturing risk and green marketing risk can be reduced mainly through risk diversification and secondary through risk reduction. Full article
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Sustainability Outcomes of Green Processes in Relation to Industry 4.0 in Manufacturing: Systematic Review
Sustainability 2020, 12(15), 5968; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12155968 - 24 Jul 2020
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Green processes are very important for the implementation of green technologies in production to achieve positive sustainability outcomes in the Industry 4.0 era. The scope of the paper is to review how conventional green processes as a part of Industry 4.0 provide sustainability [...] Read more.
Green processes are very important for the implementation of green technologies in production to achieve positive sustainability outcomes in the Industry 4.0 era. The scope of the paper is to review how conventional green processes as a part of Industry 4.0 provide sustainability outcomes in manufacturing. The paper is based on the methodology of systematic literature review through the content analysis of literary resources. Twenty-nine studies were included in our content analysis. The results show the main focus of current literature related to Industry 4.0, sustainability outcomes and green processes. The authors present a conceptual Sustainability Green Industry 4.0 (SGI 4.0) framework that helps to structure and evaluate conventional green processes in relation to Industry 4.0 and sustainability. The study summarizes which technologies (big data, cyber-physical systems, Industrial Internet of Things and smart systems) and green processes (logistics, manufacturing and product design) are important for achieving a higher level of sustainability. The authors found that the most often common sustainability outcomes are energy saving, emission reduction, resource optimalization, cost reduction, productivity and efficiency and higher economic performance, human resources development, social welfare and workplace safety. The study suggests implications for practice, knowledge and future research. Full article
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A Review of Energy and Environmental Management Practices in Cast Iron Foundries to Increase Sustainability
Sustainability 2019, 11(24), 7245; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11247245 - 17 Dec 2019
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Environmental impact and use of energy and materials are relevant topics in companies. To achieve energy savings and enhance environmental performance, managers can invest in technologies (technical measures) and/or implement management practices (low-cost and non-technical measures). This paper focuses on energy and environmental [...] Read more.
Environmental impact and use of energy and materials are relevant topics in companies. To achieve energy savings and enhance environmental performance, managers can invest in technologies (technical measures) and/or implement management practices (low-cost and non-technical measures). This paper focuses on energy and environmental management practices in foundry, which is a particularly energy-intensive industry producing significant carbon dioxide emissions. We conducted a scoping review of scientific publications and technical documents to identify practices that enable energy efficiency improvement and adverse environmental impact reduction in cast iron foundries using coreless induction furnaces. The review returned 399 practices, which we categorised according to the process step of application and theme. We developed a hierarchy to classify the practices according to their sustainability. The results show that the practices proposed in the literature focus mainly on avoiding or reducing resource consumption, rather than on recovering residual value. The intended contribution is to promote the adoption of management practices as an effective lever to increase energy efficiency and reduce environmental impacts, while also providing a summary of current knowledge to facilitate the identification of areas for further research. The review could also support foundry managers in the selection and prioritisation of the practices to adopt. Full article
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