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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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Oxy-fuel heating and direct flame...

Combustion needs fuel, ignition, and oxygen. Normal air contains only 21 % oxygen and most of the rest is nitrogen which is only ballast and has no part in combustion. Using pure oxygen increases...
Sector / Industry:
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Energy efficieny in plastics painting

Investment in a new painting line pays off in many ways A plastic parts manufacturer improved their painting process energy efficiency by investing in waste heat recovery The plan is to improve...
Sector / Industry:
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 2 - 5 Year(s)
Good practice

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

Making small-sized custom-packaging viable

Small package, big opportunity... Optimisation of space on foam blocks Accelerated development process and wider customer base Less waste on the client-side  Custom-packaging enterprises...
Sector / Industry:
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • 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

Drying with solar energy

Sun smart power Industrial painting company turns to renewable energy Combined with smart technology, it cut energy consumption by 50 %  The German painting company Lackiercenter Schulte uses vast...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium 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