Unformatted text preview: have embraced "environmentally benign manufacturing" or the closely related
"green manufacturing", which takes the approach of determining the minimum possible energy or
material required to perform a given step in the manufacturing process, and then presumably making
improvements to attain that goal[33, 34, 35]. However, academic literature in the subject appears
to be focused more on the theoretical approach to determine the minimum energy required, rather
than the process management and improvement methods which is the subject of this thesis.
In some ways, current efforts are finally fleshing out the first principles of energy management.
As the first edition of the "Energy Management Handbook", written in 1980, states: "evaluating a
series of manufacturing processes for opportunities to inherently use less energy would be the logical
first step before focusing on equipment" . Of course, equipment and process are inexorably linked,
but the concept of using existing equipment more efficiently before upgrading is a reasonable first
step towards improving efficiency.
The methodology used in this thesis...
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- Spring '14
- Energy Policy, ........., Energy development