Life Cycle Engineering Framework for Technology and Manufacturing Processes Evaluation

  • Inês RibeiroEmail author
  • Paulo Peças
  • Elsa Henriques
Part of the Springer Series in Advanced Manufacturing book series (SSAM)


Nowadays, the performance of products and processes along the life cycle is a competitive issue for the industrial development as well as a permanent challenge for researchers. This paper proposes a comprehensive life cycle framework to support the selection of sustainable technology and manufacturing processes. Considering both cost and environmental dimensions, process-based models are used to feed data and structure information to assess the life cycle cost and environmental performance of alternative technological processes. This approach is extremely useful when dealing with decision making processes inherent to products development and to the selection of materials and/or technologies in early design stages. In parallel, a technical evaluation of candidate alternatives is also proposed. Based on cost, environmental and technical dimensions, two integrating analyses are proposed to support informed decisions by mapping the best alternatives. This framework is applied to a case study regarding alternative mould designs to produce a part through injection moulding.


Life Cycle Impact Assessment Design Alternative Injection Moulding Product Life Cycle Life Cycle Cost 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.IDMEC, Instituto Superior TécnicoUniversidade de LisboaLisbonPortugal

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