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Improving energy efficiency in manufacturing using peer benchmarking to influence machine design innovation

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posted on 07.05.2019 by Phil Sheppard, Shahin Rahimifard
Energy efficiency in manufacturing is important for overall sustainability of society. This paper combines three observations to improve an overlooked part of the energy efficiency support infrastructure in food and drink manufacturing: innovation capability. First, variations in machine and process design produce significant differences in energy efficiency; second, these differences are not widely known or valued because comparable machine energy data are not gathered for the vast majority of products, so machine and process design is under-used as a route to efficiency improvement; third, peer benchmarking has proved to be an effective tool for stimulating change in other contexts, but has not been used at machine level in manufacturing. This paper describes and makes the case for a self-sustaining system in which machines would be validly compared on energy consumption and peer benchmarking would stimulate innovation in machine and process design for food manufacturing. The system, to be tested in a feasibility study, would benefit both food manufacturers and stakeholders. It would avoid dependence on public funding and enable stakeholders to provide value from the data. The paper contains the academic underpinning for the system and sets out an effective means of using it to achieve practical change.

Funding

UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) grant reference EP/K030957/1.

History

School

  • Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

Published in

Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy

Volume

21

Issue

6

Pages

1213–1235

Citation

SHEPPARD, P. and RAHIMIFARD, S., 2019. Improving energy efficiency in manufacturing using peer benchmarking to influence machine design innovation. Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy, 21 (6), pp.1213–1235.

Publisher

Springer (© The Authors)

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Acceptance date

23/04/2019

Publication date

2019-05-08

Copyright date

2019

Notes

This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.

ISSN

1618-954X

eISSN

1618-9558

Language

en

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