Following the principle “What you can’t measure, you can’t manage!”, WP4 will establish tools that show, which effects the new AREUS software and hardware technologies can bring about – economically and environmentally, and this over the entire life cycle of the automated production system.
A key “measuring device” for the environmental performance is ISO-standardised Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). LCA is, however, usually not integrated in the decision-making when designing automated production systems. In order to change that, AREUS includes LCA methodology and algorithms in the design, simulation and optimization workflow. Another “measuring device” is Life Cycle Costing (LCC) which will be used to quantify impacts of AREUS technologies on the costs related to final products and systems.
Key objects in the environmental and economic assessments are the flows of material, energy and waste related to the production system.