Call for Paper for Special Volume of Journal of Cleaner Production on Green Scheduling
• 大类 : 环境科学与生态学 - 1区
• 小类 : 工程：环境 - 2区
• 小类 : 环境科学 - 2区
With the current increase in environmental awareness, green manufacturing research and application attracts considerable attention. The aim of green manufacturing is to minimize environmental damage and energy waste while guaranteeing the quality and function of products and improving the profit of manufacturing enterprises. It comprehensively considers environmental impacts and resource efficiency to ensure economic and social benefits and the sustainability of industrial enterprises. New manufacturing technologies and initiatives, such as digital manufacturing, additive manufacturing, smart manufacturing, and Internet of Things, provide new opportunities for green manufacturing, but also add complexity. As a significant part of green manufacturing, green scheduling is a special category of shop and production scheduling problems where energy savings, resource consumption reduction, and emission reduction are considered. Efficient green scheduling can provide significant benefits in both reduced costs and lessened environmental impact.
In recent decades, increases in the price and demand for fossil energy and the rising problem of global climate change have resulted in greater efforts directed towards minimizing energy and resource consumption. According to the US Energy Information Administration, the industrial sector accounts for one-half of the world’s total energy consumption, which has almost been doubled over the last 60 years. In China since 1978, the industrial sector contributes about 40% of GDP, but consumes 67.9% of total national energy and emits 83.1% of total national carbon dioxide. However, most of the existing work on reducing energy consumption only focuses on developing more energy efficient machines or processes, instead of improving the operational process. At Toyota Motor Corporation, recent research shows that more than 85% of energy is consumed by non-machining operations, which are not directly related to the actual production of parts. To tackle this issue, more attention should be paid to developing efficient operational methods to implement a significant reduction of energy.
This Special Volume (SV) aims to address green scheduling problems and explore different approaches for energy savings and emission reductions. Up until now, the existing studies about green scheduling only considered a few simple problem characteristics, such as a single machine, flow shop scheduling, and so on. Complex constraints, including multiple resource constraints, flexible scheduling, and uncertainty situations should also be considered for the practical application of green scheduling. In addition to energy consumption and emission problems related to machine operations, design, packing, transportation and logistics, and recycling procedures should also embody the concept of “green scheduling.” Although green scheduling has become a research hotspot in the field of job scheduling, its practical applications are still limited. Advanced theoretical results have not yet been verified and applied to actual systems.
This SV is open to all engineering disciplines and a wide range of research topics addressing green scheduling. Papers are also accepted where the primary focus is on green scheduling in general. This SV attempts to bring together researchers, industrial engineers, and administrators by highlighting state-of-the-art theories, methods, and technologies, as well as ideas to effectively integrate optimization into the whole production process.
2. Topical areas
Theme 1: Green scheduling problems and its extensions
Most of the existing studies on green scheduling are aimed at traditional workshop scheduling problems, such as single machines, parallel machines, and so on, which is relatively simple. Green scheduling problems are faced by various industries. Several complex situations, such as multiple resource constraints, machine failures, cooperative manufacturing, and online scheduling can be studied to more accurately model practical applications. Moreover, models and calculations of energy-saving measures are also very important to realize energy savings and emission reductions in terms of different specific applications. With this in mind, the following research ideas are welcomed:
• Research review on green scheduling,
• Definition and formulation of novel green scheduling problems, especially ones considering new manufacturing technologies, such as smart manufacturing, additive manufacturing, digital manufacturing, Internet of Things, new energy for manufacturing, etc., and business operations beyond shop floors.
• Benchmark problem research of green scheduling systems.
Theme 2: Algorithms
To satisfy the requirements of both economic and energy-saving measures, the green scheduling problem is typically modeled as a multi-objective optimization problem. This multiple objective problem requires a high-efficiency search capability in a decision-variable space and good equilibrium or collaborative capabilities in the objective space for the solving algorithm. On the other hand, the complexity, the effectiveness, and the sensitivity analysis of multi-objective optimization algorithms should be considered, as well as some special techniques such as Pareto dominance strategies, constraint satisfaction methods, analytic hierarchy processes, and so on. With this concern, the following research ideas are encouraged:
• Algorithms for green manufacturing resource planning
• Algorithms for green supply chain design and optimization
• Algorithms for green manufacturing
• Algorithms for smart green manufacturing systems
• Algorithms for unmanned green manufacturing systems
• Multi-objective optimization algorithms for green manufacturing systems
• Dynamic optimization algorithms for green manufacturing systems
• Uncertain optimization algorithms for green manufacturing systems
• Memetic algorithms for green manufacturing
Theme 3: Applications
Although some work has been conducted on green scheduling, few have adapted the academic results into practical applications. It is important to build more practical models and to specifically develop implementable algorithms for green scheduling problems by deeply analyzing the nature of different problem characteristics, such as:
• Memetic algorithms for manufacturing in practical systems
• A future vision for green scheduling systems
• Application practices of green scheduling systems