WIT Press


New Connections To Create Self-generate And Self-maintain Production Systems

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/ECO090451

Volume

122

Pages

11

Page Range

491 - 501

Published

2009

Size

731 kb

Author(s)

C. Ceppa

Abstract

The research, in collaboration with Neosidea Group, is about the proposal of an instrument for analysis based on the concept of an open system that would allow the configuration and realization of networks of connections among different companies in geographic proximity, to achieve zero emission by implementing a sustainable management of their wastes. The goal is to design a system for processing information, that can organize data relative to output (waste), input (resources) and local companies. The processing system was also supplemented with the function of geo-locating businesses and materials This provides a solution and that gives not only information regarding new areas of application of the outputs but also determines with precision and localizes by territory the flows of material within a local network whose nodes are represented by the companies present on that territory; this promotes the local businesses and evaluates market opportunities of areas currently not yet exploited according to the systemic approach. Until now the area of application was the territory of the Piedmont Region. The advantages of such an approach are environmental and economic; it is possible to reduce the cost of eliminating waste, increase the profits from selling the company's outputs, while reducing environmental costs (air-pollution caused by the transportation of materials); the use of already existing materials in loco removes the need to exploit virgin raw materials. The functions of the software are: 1. producers of waste can determine which local companies could use its output as input, or find out which companies produce the outputs that it needs as resources; 2. it is an effective instrument for evaluating the entire production process, and also becomes a means for obtaining feedback: if the software doesn’t give any results, it means that there are some problems in the process or in the input used. Keywords: software, sustainable local networks and production, systems design, sustainable waste management, sustainable development, output-input, autopoietic system, reuse of waste, new local flows of materials.

Keywords

software, sustainable local networks and production, systems design, sustainable waste management, sustainable development, output-input, autopoietic system, reuse of waste, new local flows of materials