This site contains data to assess a product life-cycle at the manufacturing stage (life cycle inventory). The focus is manufacturing unit processes. Data is in the form of a heuristic. A life cycle heuristic is to establish representative estimates of the energy and mass loss from a unit process in the context of manufacturing operations for products. The unit process life cycle inventory (uplci) profile is for a high production manufacturing operation, defined as the use of processes that generally have high automation and are at the medium to high throughput production compared to all other machines/equipment that perform a similar operation. This is consistent with the life cycle goal of estimating energy use and mass losses representative of efficient product manufacturing.
Funding for this project is through the Department of Energy (DOE DE-FG36-08GO88149), Sustainable Energy Solutions.
Devi Kalla, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at Metropolitan State College of Denver
Michael Overcash, Ph.D. Sam Bloomfield Distinguished Chair of Engineering
Janet M. Twomey, PhD, Professor
Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Wichita State University
Wichita, Kansas 67260 USA