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Using IAC Database for Longitudinal Study of Small to Medium Sized Automotive Industry Suppliers' Energy Intensity Changes

SAE International Journal of Materials and Manufacturing

S. Chaudhari
Southeast Missouri State Univ.-Deepak Gupta
  • Journal Article
  • 2013-01-0833
Published 2013-04-08 by SAE International in United States
Industries related to automotive manufacturing and its supply chain play a key role in leaving a carbon footprint during an automobile's life cycle. Per the report from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in March, 2008 [1], “motor vehicle industry in the U.S. spends about $3.6 billion on energy annually.” The proposed research will focus on energy savings opportunities in automotive manufacturing and its supplier network. The US Department of Energy (DOE) funds 24 Industrial Assessment Centers (IAC) throughout the U.S. that conduct energy assessments at many of these facilities. The results of these assessments are summarized in a database maintained by Rutgers University which acts as the central management body for all the IACs. This research will present key concepts summarized from this database. These concepts include: (1)top 10 energy saving recommendations,(2)top 10 energy savings implemented measures,(3)comparison of energy efficiency investment in small-and mid-sized automotive industry supply chain in pre and post economic slump,(4)impact of major federal incentives on energy efficiency investments and its correlation with the implementation of recommended measures from database, and(5)energy savings…
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Analysis of Compressed Air and Process Heating Systems - A Case Study from Automotive Parts Manufacturer in Mexico

Southeast Missouri State Univ.-Deepak Gupta
AAM-Afif Bitar
Published 2012-04-16 by SAE International in United States
Automotive industries in the US and around the world have enormous impact on the economy of each country. Not just the major vehicle manufacturer, but all the other companies in the supply chain are equally important. This was evident with the earthquake and Tsunami that happened in March 2011. Because of the massive destruction at suppliers' facilities, the automakers in the US and other countries struggled to get the necessary parts and supplies. This created a ripple effect throughout the world and led to the closure of several automakers' facilities for a long time. Thus, the automotive supply chains are as important as the main automotive manufacturing facilities. Since these suppliers produce a lot of parts and supplies, the corresponding energy usage is also significant. The current research is focused on compressed air and process heating system analysis at one of the automotive parts manufacturer in Mexico. The Best Practices software tools (AIRMaster+ and PHAST) developed by the US Department of Energy (DOE) were used to create a baseline of the two systems and estimate…
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Reduction of Manufacturing Lead Time Through Various Enterprise Cycles

Southeast Missouri State Univ.-I. C. Ehie, S. Stough
Proctor & Gamble Paper Products-T. Brandtner
  • Technical Paper
  • 1993-25-0470
Published 1993-09-13 by ISATA - Dusseldorf Trade Fair in United Kingdom
As a result of emerging importance on responsiveness, manufacturing and non-manufacturing cycle times are beginning to take unprecedented significance. The shift from product-based competition to time-based competition has forced a major rethinking of the traditional roles of business functions. This paper describes four cycle times used to reduce lead time in an enterprise. These are; design/develop, spec/source, purchase/produce and book/bill. The implications of each of these cycles in repetitive and non- repetitive operations are discussed.