by Denis Kurle, Sebastian Thiede and Christoph Herrmann
Many manufacturing companies fail to exploit hidden potentials in optimizing their water operations. This aspect is often shown by unorganized water efficiency effort with sub-optimal results. Against this background, the paper presents a structured approach for systematically improving the water efficiency in manufacturing companies. It comprises the identification and visualization of water related hot-spots subdivided into different respective water flows as well as six different water consuming sectors of a factory. Based on the outcome, the approach further proposes basic principles each represented by promising measures to increase water efficiency which can be assessed individually.