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SUSTAINABLE MANUFACTURING requires operations to strike a balance between societal, economic, and environmental objectives. The U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington (commerce.gov),
defines sustainable manufacturing as "the creation
of manufactured products that use processes that
minimize negative environmental impacts; conserve
energy and natural resources; are safe for employees,
communities, and consumers; and are economically
sound." While that statement is basically correct, it
could be expanded to include products and services.
If you're working in discrete or process operations
and not paying much attention to sustainablemanufacturing practices, be advised that the clock is
ticking. Millennials-and generations beyond-are
and will continue demanding sustainably produced
products and services (see this month's "Seeking Reliability" column on p. 48). This article, though, aims to
open your eyes regarding the topic, and help you get
the sustainable-manufacturing ball rolling in your
organization.

MATERIAL-BALANCE CHALLENGE

Societal, economic, and
environmental objectives
are making sustainable
practices mandatory for
all industrial operations,
even yours.

Drew D. Troyer, CRE
Contributing Editor

The simplest definition of manufacturing is the
conversion of raw materials to finished goods which,
of course, requires extracted, harvested, recycled, or
otherwise-obtained materials. Additionally, manufacturing processes to achieve the conversion require energy and other supplemental materials, such as water
and chemicals. Still further, materials are required to
design and build plants to create the manufacturing
conversion, support upstream logistics to receive raw
materials, and to transport finished goods to consumers. This is the materials life cycle.
Life-cycle analysis (LCA) seeks to evaluate how
efficiently and effectively we use materials in the
manufacturing process and the logistics that support
it (Fig. 2, p. 14). Note that while the focus here is on
the materials life cycle, the needs of people, including
customers, employees, and communities, are at the
center of all life-cycle analyses.

START WITH THE PRODUCT
A product, tangible or intangible, is intended to provide utility that's deemed valuable to people. Product

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Efficient Plant July 2018

Editorial
Implementations
Find Gold In Sustainable Manufacturing
Troubleshoot Control Systems Effectively
Automation Accelerates Beer Production
Lubed Chains Live Long Lives
SAP: Use These Tools For PM Compliance
Protect Your Site From Cyber Attacks
Build The Value Of Your CM Program
Choose The Correct Acclerometer
On The Floor
Intelligent Design Process Delivers For Substation
Solution Focus
Old Compressor Gets New Lease On Life
Products
Index
Showcase
Seeking Reliability
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Efficient Plant July 2018 - Implementations
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Efficient Plant July 2018 - Find Gold In Sustainable Manufacturing
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Efficient Plant July 2018 - Troubleshoot Control Systems Effectively
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Efficient Plant July 2018 - Automation Accelerates Beer Production
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Efficient Plant July 2018 - Lubed Chains Live Long Lives
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Efficient Plant July 2018 - SAP: Use These Tools For PM Compliance
Efficient Plant July 2018 - Protect Your Site From Cyber Attacks
Efficient Plant July 2018 - Build The Value Of Your CM Program
Efficient Plant July 2018 - Choose The Correct Acclerometer
Efficient Plant July 2018 - On The Floor
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Efficient Plant July 2018 - Solution Focus
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Efficient Plant July 2018 - Old Compressor Gets New Lease On Life
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Efficient Plant July 2018 - Products
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Efficient Plant July 2018 - Index
Efficient Plant July 2018 - Showcase
Efficient Plant July 2018 - Seeking Reliability
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