Electric energy consumption analysis of SPIF processes

Giuseppe Ingarao, Karel Kellens, Amar Kumar Behera, Hans Vanhove, Giuseppina Ambrogio, Joost R. Duflou

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Manufacturing processes, as used for discrete part manufacturing, are responsible for a substantial part of the environmental impact of products, but are still poorly documented in terms of environmental footprint. A thorough analysis on the causes affecting the environmental impact in metal forming processes, especially the innovative but very energy intensive sheet metal forming technologies required to form light-weight products, is nowadays necessary. Therefore, this paper presents an energy consumption analysis, including a power and time study, of Single Point Incremental Forming (SPIF) processes. First, the influence of the most relevant process parameters (e.g. feed rate, step down) as well as the material forming itself are analysed regarding the power demand. Moreover, a comparative study and related energy efficiency assay are carried out on two different machine tools. As the forming time proves to be the dominant factor for the total energy consumption, from environmental point of view, the overall results show many similarities with conventional machining processes. Finally, this paper reports on some potential improvement measures to reduce the SPIF energy consumption.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSheet Metal 2013
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event15th International Conference on Sheet Metal, SheMet 2013 - Belfast, United Kingdom
Duration: 25 Mar 201327 Mar 2013

Publication series

NameKey Engineering Materials
ISSN (Print)1013-9826


Conference15th International Conference on Sheet Metal, SheMet 2013
CountryUnited Kingdom


  • Energy consumption
  • Energy efficiency
  • SPIF
  • Sustainable manufacturing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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