The Research Centre for Sustainable Products and Processes develops research activities in the following areas:

  • continuous improvement of products and processes;
  • integration of knowledge management in product and processes’ development;
  • integrated sustainable quality systems;
  • sustainable product development;
  • designing sustainable products, considering the life cycle of products;
  • product design and manufacturing and the impact on community and society;
  • product design in the context of disassembly, reuse, recycling and reprocessing;
  • assessment of products’ sustainability;
  • products functionality, serviceability, maintainability and upgrading;
  • sustainable manufacturing processes;
  • sustainable manufacturing systems;
  • design of innovative products and processes for sustainability;
  • integrated manufacturing systems and trans-disciplinary aspects;
  • sustainable materials;
  • usage patterns of materials, energy, resources, minimizing loss;
  • economical models for sustainable manufacturing;
  • ecological, social, legal and economical aspects of sustainability and their role in achieving product’s sustainability and sustainability at organizational level;
  • education / training the future generations on sustainability.

Quality management and engineering

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Integrated manufacturing technologies

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Economical models for sustainable manufacturing

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Multidisciplinary approach

- sustainable strategies and support using knowledge on sustainability form different disciplines of engineering and sciences.

Which are the aspects that need to be considered when developing sustainable systems that require knowledge from more engineering disciplines? How can the aspects concerning the consumer / user and the social elements related be integrated in such a multidisciplinary approach?

How can innovation lead to sustainable solutions? How can innovation in technology, social system, transport, global policies affect sustainability?


Which are the available methods, guidelines and instruments for assessing sustainability and which are their limitations?

Which are the theories they are based on? How can these instruments contribute to obtaining sustainability both at macro level (organization) and at micro level (products and processes)? How can these methods and instruments be successfully implemented in organizations? How can QM instruments, Six Sigma, Kaizen, PLM and LCA be integrated and which are the aspects regarding interoperability? How were the LCA aspects regarding these instruments incorporated in the data bases and how generic are these instruments?


Which are the sustainability related standards that can be applied and in what stage of product’s development can they be applied?

Which standards are related to design, management and how generic are these standards?

- Reengineering of products and technological processing processes

- Biomechanics

- Biomaterials

- Rapid prototyping

- Medical prototyping, parodontology

- Digital factory

- CAD/CAE/CAM systems

- technical bionics

- medical imagistics

- bionanotechnology

- design of sustainable products and processes



Manufacturing technologies, processing and assembling technologies, management of processes, technological equipments, of the study of phenomena appearing in the processing process, in the rapid prototyping, in the design of products considering their entire life cycle



The economic component of sustainability