Traditionally, industrial engineering has been responsible for optimizing shop floor facilities, managing the overall work environment, maintaining an efficient workflow, warehouse and inventory.
However, in recent times, industries are adopting more sustainable and circular manufacturing practices in all of their operations.
This change was motivated by a few hard facts. Energy use by industries is responsible for about a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions; road transport contributes around 12% and waste production contributes around 3.2%.
Industrial processes now seek to reduce waste, repair products rather than replace them, and involve the recovery and reuse of materials where possible.
To ensure sustainability, industrial engineering has a renewed scope:
Use clean energy and make efficient use of natural resources while designing production processes with the use of clean (renewable) energies and more efficient use of natural resources.
Adopt digital technologies reduce waste production and emissions at source.
Adopt a circular supply chain by building workshops with a philosophy of reduction (waste), repair (product), recovery and reuse (parts) at its core.
Designing sustainable products which can be modified to reduce waste.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) can improve and accelerate the development of new products, components and materials suitable for the circular economy through iterative design processes assisted by machine learning that enable rapid prototyping and testing.
Robotics can help sort and clean recycled materials around the clock; and in remote locations where humans have security concerns.
Internet of Things (IOT): With an interconnected workshop, IOT helps to optimize logistics, inventory management and preventive maintenance of equipment.
Circulytic or analytical Applied to circular business processes, it enables in-depth analysis of real-time data on raw materials, sourcing, usage tracking, repair and reuse of products, which in turn facilitates supply chains. sustainable and circular sourcing.
Sustainable Industrial Engineering jobs include Sustainability Managers, Reverse Logistics Managers, Sustainable Product Design Specialists, Sustainable Programming Specialists, Clean IT Specialists, Energy Specialists clean, sustainable supply chain specialists, sustainability consultants and analysts, sustainable materials scientists, sustainable packaging designers, carbon footprint analytics specialist, waste recycling analysts, etc.