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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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Plastic part manufacturer cuts material losses by...

​A big step in the right direction Plastep implemented Lean methodology in their entire production Lean has helped them engage personnel and continuously improve their processes As a result, material...
Sector / Industry:
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Capping materials and emissions at cap manufacturer

Putting a lid on energy losses Spanish firm discovers a whole world of ways to save energy, materials and costs  Its resulting measures earn it a prize at the European Business Award for the...
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Implementing minimum-quantity lubrication principles

In the machining process, cooling lubricants play an important role in carrying away metal chips, cooling the workpiece and lubricating the area between tool and workpiece. The lubricant usually runs...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 25-78 %
Good practice

Smarter soldering techniques

Soldering made easy Soldering can lead to waste materials and requires chemical cleaners Innovative materials and approaches offer cleaner, greener alternatives The German company EUROMAT GmbH...
Sector / Industry:
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Metal specialist optimises pre-treatment to cut costs and...

Turning a need into a genuine opportunity Metal specialist rethinks its whole paint pre-treatment line   Massive time and cost savings, cleaner processes and a more streamlined process are the...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 3 Year(s)
Good practice

Selling waste as secondary material

Neat return from a neat solution Market analysis reveals opportunity to turn waste into profit The company can make € 7 000 per year by on-selling plastic packaging at no additional cost The German...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
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French metal factory sets up dedicated recycling chains

Sorting out a waste problem Company recovers 54 % of its waste through dedicated recycling chains Saves € 3 500 per year and contributes to the environment Préciforge is a metal-working company...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0.24 Year(s)
Good practice

Waste carbon as a resource for product synthesis

Rethinking carbon Biological conversion of waste carbon from industrial processes Transforming it into useful commodities and fuel LanzaTech is revolutionising the way the world thinks about carbon....
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Good practice

World’s first product packaging made from ocean plastic

Packaging inspired by sea urchins Company sets up a business model to create packaging out of plastic marine debris Pioneering recycling process for plastic marine debris is developed Method, a...
Sector / Industry:
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Good practice

Technology and product development for plastic exterior...

Glossy project Successful project refines a plastic-moulding process to deliver a better finish at less cost New process is 30 % more cost-effective than traditional glass-reinforced plastics The...
Sector / Industry:
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: 25-30%
Good practice

Top 20 analysis saves energy and materials at Austrian...

The right balance makes a difference Top 20 analysis highlights where immediate energy and materials savings can be made  Optimising the software on a heat pump saves about 20 000 kWh of electricity...
Good practice

Input-output analysis helps Italian...

How to top a scrap problem Component-maker employs TOP 20 to evaluate where energy and material gains could be made Targeted measures cut back on unrecovered scrap losses and identify new products...
Sector / Industry:
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: 0 Year(s)