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Sustainable Manufacturing Processes: A Cutting Tool Industry Perspective

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Thursday, November 17, 2022, 4 pm

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ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker Series

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Sekhar Rakurty, PhD

Sr. Research Engineer–Manager at the M. K. Morse Company, Canton, OH


Due to the current growth rate of the world’s consumption and supply chain challenges, developing and implementing a sustainable manufacturing process is essential. As per the Environmental Protection Agency, “a sustainable manufacturing process makes products using methods that reduce environmental impacts while concurrently conserving energy and natural resources.” Sustainable manufacturing process implementation in small and medium size industries has been challenging and met with limited success. This presentation will focus on the implementation of the principles of sustainable manufacturing process, such as the 6Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Recovery, Redesign, and Remanufacture) in a (small/medium scale) cutting tool company like The M.K. Morse Company. The presentation will focus on case studies such as reducing cutting fluid usage, improving manufacturing efficiency through automation, recycling cemented carbide, etc. The presentation will propose a roadmap for sustainable manufacturing processes for small and medium size industries through academic and industrial collaboration.


Dr. Sekhar Rakurty has over 15 years of research and development experience in manufacturing, specifically designing cutting tools and developing sustainable manufacturing processes. He received his Master of Science and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Utah. He has co-authored multiple peer-reviewed publications on machining and sustainable solutions. Currently, he leads the Research Group at the M. K. Morse Company, Canton, Ohio. He has five approved patents and more than 25 patent-pending applications for new cutting tool designs. The patented products are sold internationally to automotive and aerospace manufacturers.

Dr. Rakurty serves as an ASME B5 (machine tools) standards committee member and B107 (hand tools) standards committee contributing member. As a part of these committees, he chairs the ASME technical committee on cutting tools (TC-94) to update the ASME standards for cutting tools. He is also the founding chair of the sustainable manufacturing processes topic at the ASME IMECE conferences. Dr. Rakurty is the Advanced Manufacturing topic co-chair for the 2023 ASME IMECE. He is on multiple industry advisory boards for academic institutions and an ad-hoc faculty member at the University of Akron.

Invited by: Vinh Nguyen

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