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Measures, Technologies and Good Practices

Do you want to know how much different measures and technological solutions would cost and how much money and resources they can save for your business? This database offers such data in a concise and comprehensive format.

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Ecodesign to extend the useful life of products

Consumers are fully aware of companies deliberately reducing the useful life of products through planned or built-in obsolescence, along with its negative impact on the environment. Extending the...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Measure

Ecodesign for remanufacturing

Remanufacturing is the process of returning a product or component to a state of quality equivalent or superior to that of the original product. After the product is discarded by its user and picked...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 30-40 %
Good practice

Digitalised one-piece-flow manufacturing

The wonders of digital production Digitalisation and product key saves material and energy costs Good example of 'just-in-time' manufacturing and customised production using digital solutions ...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Digitalising foundry production processes

Century-old system gets a digital makeover Easily integrated smartphone app optimises manual labour processes Identical output achieved while savings 400 tonnes on input € 45 000 saving on energy...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Painting with foils

Colourful solutions German painting and coating specialist explores new techniques to boost quality Less faults translates into material and energy savings  The German paint and colour company Karl...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Measure

Machine tool management system

A machine tool management system is used to collect data for efficient production planning. For example, it records the tools used to dliver specific orders and their operating condition at any given...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 10-20 %
Measure

Additive manufacturing

Additive manufacturing includes many technologies, like 3D-printing, rapid prototyping, direct digital manufacturing, layered manufacturing, and additive fabrication. They all have one main thing in...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Monitoring with smartphones

Old meets new... Foundry explores new digital monitoring technology The new approach saves the company about 243 600 kWh of electricity per year The German foundry Kemptener Eisengießerei has taken...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 1 Year(s)
Good practice

Saving material and energy with laser sintering (3D-printing)

A sintering success Tool-maker investigates ways to cut its material waste and boost efficiency A type of 3D-printing technique proves effective  The German company Jomatik GmbH produces prototypes...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Symbiosis of forging and 3D-printing

Forging ahead German engineering firm explores new technologies to save resources 3D printing and laser melting techniques are employed to great effect Rosswag GmbH is a German metal-working company...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Digital product key for a one-piece-flow system

Firm grip on production Leading German manufacturer reviewed its production in search of efficiency gains By introducing a one-piece-flow system significant material savings were possible The German...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Engine manufacturer combines modular product...

As good as new... or better A Finnish engine manufacturer has maximised material efficiency by combining modular product design to remanufacturing Remanufactured engines can be better than the...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste