Technology Lecture on New Challenges for Product and Process Innovation in Sustainable Product Design and Manufacturing : Recent Trends and Case Studies

Date: 12 Jun 2008 - 12 Jun 2008

Venue: Seminar Room, Level 1, Valley Block

This presentation will begin with some general background on sustainability and total life-cycle considerations in product design and manufacture. This will be followed by a detailed description of “sustainable manufacturing” covering definitions, terms and basic elements of sustainable manufacturing.  The new and innovative concept in sustainable manufacturing involving the transformation of 6Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle, recover, redesign, remanufacture) from the traditional 3Rs (reduce, reuse and recycle) will then be presented.  Societal, environmental and economic benefits of implementing sustainable product design and manufacturing will be highlighted. A summary of product and process sustainability assessment methodologies will be presented, followed by a few recent case studies covering: (a) sustainability evaluation in machining processes; (b) sustainability scoring method in a consumer electronic product – laser printer; (c) sustainability improvement in aluminum beverage can manufacture; (d) sustainability analysis in autobody design and manufacture using a total life-cycle evaluation.  Finally, national and international trends in sustainable manufacturing research and applications will be presented along with a summary of scientific and technological challenges for the future.


9.45am    Registration
10.00am  Presentation by Dr Jawahir
10.45am  Q & A
11.00am  Discussion
11.30am  End


About the Speaker
Dr I.S. Jawahir is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and James F. Hardymon Endowed Chair in Manufacturing Systems at the University of Kentucky (Lexington, KY, USA), and the Leader of the Technical Area Manufacturing in the Department of Mechanical Engineering  He received his Ph.D. from the University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia) in 1986.  Dr Jawahir has been active in the area of metal machining for over three decades, published over 180 research papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings and has been awarded with 4 U.S. patents.  He has directed the research of 18 PhD and 54 MS graduates.  His current research interests are: modeling and optimization of machining operations, product design for sustainability, and sustainable manufacturing.  During the last fifteen years, he has received significant research funding totaling over several millions of dollars from industrial groups including Toyota, General Motors, Ford, and from U.S. Government agencies such as National Science Foundation, Department of Education and Department of Defense. Dr. Jawahir is a Fellow of CIRP (The International Academy for Production Engineering).  He is also a member of ASME, ASM, NAMRI, and SME. He is the Founding Technical Editor of the Journal of Machining Science and Technology (published by Taylor & Francis Publishers). He is a Member and the Vice Chair of the ASME Board for Research and Technology Development (BRTD).  In 2006, he was elected as the Chairman of the ASME Research Committee on “Sustainable Products and Processes”.  In 2007, he became the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Sustainable Manufacturing (published by InderScience Publishers, United Kingdom). He has delivered keynote addresses in 15 major international conferences, and over 60 invited presentations in 26 countries. In January 2008, he was also elected as the Chairman of the CIRP’s International Working Group on “Surface Integrity and Functional Performance of Components”.


Who Should Attend
This talk is beneficial to stakeholders of product development process, researchers, engineers and senior management from the electronics, precision engineering and logistics clusters.


This is non-chargeable event and seats are confirmed on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Closing date: 11 June 2008.