Flexible sustainable manufacturing via decision support simulation: A case study approach

K. T. Shibin, Angappa Gunasekaran, Rameshwar Dubey

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The main purpose of this article is to illustrate a decision support system for the redesign of an existing assembly facility in an automotive factory for new product introduction in a flexible and sustainable way with the help of a simulation-based optimization approach. In our study, we have assigned equal weightage to each performance parameter of the facility, including economic, environmental, social, and manufacturing flexibility. Our analyses further helped validate the changes required before implementation. Implementation of the proposal based on our findings helped the organization achieve economic benefits, saving around USD 0.314 million, and environmental benefits, saving around 335 kW of energy per day compared to the previously estimated measures. Along with these benefits, our studies have also helped improve safety measures and working conditions. Finally, we have outlined the limitations of our study and noted future research directions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)206-220
Number of pages15
JournalSustainable Production and Consumption
StatePublished - Oct 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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