Monday 19th of February 2018

Sustainable manufacturing in SMEs: Technology options

Rhythm Wadhwa

Life cycle analysis currently relies on published data and disunited models to analyze a manufacturing company or industry sector. The goal and scope freeze many aspects of the analysis. Achieving material and energy flow balance is a final step, rather than an iterative one. In this paper Object process Methodology (OPM) as used as a tool to for visualizing the material and energy flow in energy intensive foundry SME (Small-to-Medium sized enterprise) domain. OPM was found viable for such technological domain specification. The paper also describes innovative technologies which help reduce the environmental impact. A number of recommendations are provided for manufacturing SMEs as well as policy makers to consider for a successful implementation of crucial sustainability goals.

Keywords: SMEs, technology, innovation

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