Resource Networks: Decentralised Factory Operation Utilising Renewable Energy Sources
Striving for sustainability, most industrialised countries make increasing use of renewable energy sources to meet their energy demands. This causes power generation to become more decentralised and volatile, making flexibility in production (i.e. energy demand) a fundamental necessity for manufacturing companies. Hence, it is to be expected that companies which attain a symbiosis of renewable energy applications, efficient technologies, and innovative approaches to production organisation will have a competitive advantage in the future. The EU funds research in this direction as part of the REEMAIN project, amongst others.
Stoldt, J., Franz, E., Schlegel, A., & Putz, M. (2015). Resource Networks: Decentralised Factory Operation Utilising Renewable Energy Sources. Procedia CIRP, 26, 486–491. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.procir.2014.07.154
Making Sustainability Paradigms a Part of PPC
The mounting pressure of the European legislative to improve the sustainability of production operations prompts companies to implement sustainability paradigms into their production planning and control (PPC). First results from an ongoing European project will show how the innovative Resource Networks Methodology can be used to alter the production organisation accordingly.
Putz, M., Stoldt, J., Fanghänel, C., Bierer, A., & Schlegel, A. (2015). Making Sustainability Paradigms a Part of PPC. Procedia CIRP, 29, 209–214. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.procir.2015.02.167