An Investigation into Fixed Energy Consumption of Machine Tools

  • Wen Li
  • André Zein
  • Sami Kara
  • Christoph Herrmann
Conference paper


Improving energy efficiency of manufacturing processes requires knowledge about the energy consumption as a function of the machine tool and cutting process itself. Both theoretical and empirical models of unit process energy consumption have emphasized the relevance of fixed energy consumption which ensures the machine readiness. However, the machine tool behavior during the stand-by mode is lack of thorough study. This paper presented the investigation of fixed energy consumption from definition and description to improvement strategies. Six machine tools covering different manufacturing processes are selected for this investigation in order to evaluate the future savings.


Machine Tools Fixed Power Energy Consumption 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wen Li
    • 1
    • 2
  • André Zein
    • 1
    • 3
  • Sami Kara
    • 1
    • 2
  • Christoph Herrmann
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Joint German-Australian Research Group in Sustainable Manufacturing and Life Cycle ManagementSydneyAustralia
  2. 2.School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Life Cycle Engineering and Management Research GroupThe University of New South WalesSydneyAustralia
  3. 3.Institute of Machine Tools and Production Technology (IWF), Product- and Life-Cycle-Management Research GroupTechnische Universität BraunschweigBraunschweigGermany

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