Model-based approach for assessing value creation to enhance sustainability in manufacturing

Pinar Bilge, Fazleena Badurdeen, Günther Seliger, I. S. Jawahir

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Increasing global competition requires technological innovation with new political, commercial and technical advances empowered by market dynamics. These challenges must be met with appropriate decision-making by manufacturing companies to secure competitive advantage without compromising sustainability. This requires decision-makers to seize opportunities for improving sustainable solutions in strategic and operational activities. Various scientific and case-based methods are applied to measure the performance and sustainability level of manufacturing systems. However, embedding sustainability in decision-making has not been fully realized by academics and practitioners. This paper introduces a modelbased approach for assessing value creation to enhance manufacturing sustainability. The major objective of the approach is to evaluate the strategic alignment and sustainability of the solutions to overcome a challenge related with a product, process or equipment in manufacturing. The approach proposes a framework that transforms customer requirements first into descriptive attributes to assign the value for strategic alignment and later into comprehensive metrics to measure the sustainability value. The approach provides decision-makers with a method of comparing sustainable value addition and strategic alignment when evaluating alternatives. In a case-based application, the production equipment of a service provider is evaluated to select the option that adds the most value, both strategically and sustainably, to meet customer requirements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)106-111
Number of pages6
JournalProcedia CIRP
StatePublished - 2014
Event47th CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems, CMS 2014 - Windsor, ON, Canada
Duration: Apr 28 2014Apr 30 2014


  • Assessment
  • Decision-making
  • Embedding sustainability into strategic alignment
  • Value creation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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