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Discrete Dynamics in Nature and Society
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 784751, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/784751
Research Article

Development of an Evaluating Method for Carbon Emissions of Manufacturing Process Plans

1School of Management, Wuhan University of Science & Technology, Wuhan 430081, China
2School of Machinery and Automation, Wuhan University of Science & Technology, Wuhan 430081, China

Received 26 August 2014; Revised 20 October 2014; Accepted 6 November 2014

Academic Editor: Tinggui Chen

Copyright © 2015 Yanhong Wang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Carbon intensity reduction and energy utilization enhancement in manufacturing industry are becoming a timely topic. In a manufacturing system, the process planning is the combination of all production factors which influences the entail carbon emissions during manufacturing. In order to meet the current low carbon manufacturing requirements, a carbon emission evaluation method for the manufacturing process planning is highly desirable to be developed. This work presents a method to evaluate the carbon emissions of a process plan by aggregating the unit process to form a combined model for evaluating carbon emissions. The evaluating results can be used to decrease the resource and energy consumption and pinpoint detailed breakdown of the influences between manufacturing process plan and carbon emissions. Finally, the carbon emission analysis method is applied to a process plan of an axis to examine its feasibility and validity.