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RECOT: an expert system for the reduction of environmental cost in the textile industry

Kostas Metaxiotis (Institute of Communications and Computer Systems, National Technical University of Athens, Athens, Greece)

Information Management & Computer Security

ISSN: 0968-5227

Article publication date: 1 July 2004


Environmental legislation and its enforcement has undoubtedly forced the textile industry to be rather cautious in selecting the appropriate processes and equipment. The most efficient, economic and minimal environmental pollution processing methods will be increasingly demanded throughout the 1990s. However, the majority of the textile industry consists of small and medium enterprises, where the lack of expertise on the use of best available techniques leads to levels of operation far away from the optimal. An expert system for a priori economic evaluation of potential interventions in the textile manufacturing processes and equipment is necessary to support decision making in the management level. This paper presents such an expert system, designed and implemented in four stages: formal description of the key factors that affect the dyeing process in the textile industry, development of models for the representation of relevant information, development of models for the representation of knowledge and integration of the above‐mentioned models in a unified information system that supports the decision‐making process in the management of textile enterprises.



Metaxiotis, K. (2004), "RECOT: an expert system for the reduction of environmental cost in the textile industry", Information Management & Computer Security, Vol. 12 No. 3, pp. 218-227.



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