circular-economy-design

For all the right reasons, there is a lot of momentum about the circular economy. While it’s easy to agree with its principles of a regenerative and restorative economy, it’s hard to put things in to practice. Let’s look at what Makersite can do in this context.   A product’s circularity score measures two things:   First, the extent to which linear flows have been minimized and restorative flows maximized for its component materials. Second, how long and intensively a product is used compared to similar, industry-average products.   Circularity is essentially derived from a combination of three product characteristics: the mass of virgin raw...

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Es ist jetzt einfacher denn je für Unternehmen, Umweltauswirkungen während des gesamten Lebenszyklus eines Produkts zu analysieren und zu verbessern.   LONDON/BERLIN - 15. Mai 2017 – Umweltberater GreenDelta und Everycs, ein auf Produkte fokussiertes Business Intelligence Unternehmen, wollen die Umweltbilanzdaten der Welt miteinander verbinden, sie mit weiteren Informationen anreichern und damit die Zusammenarbeit unter Nachhaltigkeitsexperten vereinfachen.   Ab sofort sind Großteile des GreenDelta openLCA-Datenkatalogs, des weltweit größten Bestands an Umweltbilanzdaten, auf der Everycs Datenplattform „Makersite“ verfügbar. Alle Daten wurden als erweiterbare Prozessabläufe verbunden. Dabei sind über 600.000 Umweltauswirkungen für über 20.000 industrielle Produkte und Prozesse neu berechnet worden, die überwiegend als frei verfügbare...

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It’s now easier than ever for companies to analyze and improve environmental impacts throughout a product’s lifecycle.     LONDON, UK – May 10th, 2017 - Environmental consultant GreenDelta, and everycs ltd, a data and technology company focused on product intelligence, have joined forces to seamlessly connect the world’s life-cycle data, augment it with other information, and enable faster, distributed collaboration for product sustainability professionals.   Effective immediately, large parts of GreenDelta’s OpenLCA data catalogue, the world’s largest inventory of product life-cycle data, are available on everycs’ cloud-based data platform. All data has been connected as extendable process flows, netting over 600,000 environmental impacts for...

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When integrating systems, the focus is on creating the right container to store data that may come when the system goes online. Schemas, joins, views… in systems that were traditionally not built to store the kind of data you want. When the system comes online, you realize the requirements have already changed. There is still no data.Data updates: today most integrations are one-directional. e.g. environmental data CAD. Bi-directional integrations are costly since you need to customize 2 systems instead of one. So any feedback loops are typically lost in emails, handwritten notes and issue tracking systems.When connecting systems, you are...

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Product teams can now discover, analyze and model risks, regulations, eco and health impacts in real-time across value chains and life-cycle.   LONDON, UK (Apr. 20, 2017): everycs, the pioneer in product intelligence, released an open version of its high-performance data platform in the cloud. Supply chain, compliance, stewardship, and sustainability professionals can use it to screen supply chains for risks and impacts, simply by configuring a BOM or product formulation.   The platform models how things are made through thousands of connected industrial process chains. With millions of data points, it’s the largest database on how products are made and the impacts, costs,...

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Wikipedia defines product stewardship as "environmental, health, and safety protection centered on the product itself".  It's been an increasing focus of regulators, producers, consumers and activist groups the world over.  So much so that the depth and breadth of data points has now vastly increased. This has led to an increasing number of hurdles for those making and selling products. As market research firm Verdantix recently analysed, this new product stewardship challenge requires "organizations to organize, analyze and report an expanding information matrix":     Product composition and disposal, such as the EU’s WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) directive or the US SEC Conflict Minerals Rule.   Declaring and managing the chemical...

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Challenge   The primary, internationally recognized technique to assess environmental impacts of economic activity is called life-cycle analysis (LCA). LCA is used to support business decisions, as input to product-, process- or building design, in education, for labeling of product declarations, waste management or pollution studies. The procedures of LCA are part of the ISO 14000 environmental management standards and can comply with standards such as the Green House Gas (GHG) Protocol. A product’s life begins with raw material extraction through materials processing, manufacture, distribution, use, repair and maintenance, and disposal or recycling. The inputs from nature associated with all these stages include...

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  Challenge   Effectively characterizing chemical risk is a difficult but important task to ensure consumer safety. Hazard, a function of a chemical’s inherent properties, and exposure, the quantity a person contacts, combine to give an accurate representation of risk. This evaluation is complicated, time-consuming and therefore often abandoned for the simpler hazard-only approach. This can lead to blanket-blacklisting of chemicals that may be difficult and or expensive to replace in products. A risk evaluation that is scientifically accurate and simple would be highly valuable for manufacturers and consumers to assess the chemical risks of products. RCR (Risk characterization ratio) Matrix Solution   Chemicals are automatically enriched from multiple...

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  A common Challenge   Especially in process manufacturing and life sciences markets, innovations can open new opportunities in more than one industry or segment. Consider Teflon or biodegradable polymers - many product applications are possible, each potentially representing lucrative markets. The challenge: How to identify these markets, quantify them and sell to the companies in those value chains?   A new Solution   To answer the challenge, it is relevant to know how much of which material or substance is required at each point of a value chain to produce a single unit of a given product.   Sankey diagrams put a visual emphasis on the major transfers or...

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We recently completed at "Should-Cost" project for a large industrial transport equipment manufacturer. The challenge: estimate manufacturing should-cost analysis based on a single, 600 part BOM and some drawings. We completed the Analysis of Material Costs, vertically integrated Should-Cost (excl. supplier margins) and estimated Procurement Price (incl. supplier margins) in under 4 weeks. We achieved a good degree of predictive cost accuracy (+/- 5-12% variation) and a full view of environmental impacts and regulations for every part of the BOM and its related production processes ...

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Designers and engineers waste up to one day per week searching for data that is found only 50% of the time We estimate that globally around 20 million designers, engineers and product leaders are focused on making physical products. Their objective, broadly, is to make better products, faster. Research suggests, however, that designers and engineers waste up to one day per week searching for data that is found only 50% of the time. This results in poorer decisions that take more time to make. And when teams innovate, 30% of R&D spend duplicates research and work previously performed. Even if we allow for a large error margin, those...

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