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EREK database of resource efficiency

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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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
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Efficient environmental management system cuts water...

Big effort leads to bigger results ... and awards Engineering company puts its new EMS to the test and delivers big water and waste reductions Annual water savings of 12 000 m3 and reduced material ...
Sector / Industry:
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 23 Year(s)
Good practice

Ecodesigned fume cupboards save materials and costs

Safer labs, better environment! Lab specialist uses LCA and ecodesign principles to improve its production efficiency Analysis showed where material savings could be made and parts removed to cut...
Good practice

Saving lubricants with a float valve

Simple solutions can work a treat Metal-working company's manual spillage problem  Floating valves in the tanks prevent overflow and save some 3 % on lubricant use a year  The German company...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 2 Year(s)
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

More efficient laser cutting saves materials and reduces...

New laser tech shaves costs Company replaces its inefficient mechanical steel cutters for boilers New laser cutting units use 94.1 % of the sheet, saving money and reducing waste DOMUSA Teknik makes...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 5 Year(s)
Good practice

Saving money by drying sludge

A pressing problem solved A sludge-processing solution saves on pay-per-weight disposal costs Pressing and drying out extra water in the sldge saves € 1 200 per year The German metal-working company...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 4.1 Year(s)
Good practice

Optimising compressed air system

Smart tools solve two problems, save energy Installing sensors and smart valves in the compressed air system saves power and money The combined solutions save € 15 300 per year in energy costs The...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 0.5 Year(s)
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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)
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Systematic training is part of Hettich's...

Thinking green from day one Environmental awareness-training decreases energy consumption by 80 kWh per tonne of output Training covers a range of subjects including energy management, waste...
Sector / Industry:
  • Timber and woodworking
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 10-15% 1 Year(s)