Sustainability is changing the way we live and impacting government policies and businesses as nations grapples with global challenges such as climate change, rising sea level and pollution. It is clear that beyond addressing such challenges, sustainability can drive business success and lead to new ideas. In the current age of technology proliferation, there are also many opportunities for businesses to tap on technological innovations to create new products, services and processes in emerging applications.The Sustainability and Emerging Applications Centre (SEAC) promotes sustainable practices and technologies to external stakeholders. It also identifies and seeds new industries through providing innovative technologies in emerging applications and facilitating networks. SEAC achieves all these through close collaborations with the industry, government agencies and the academia.
VisionThe nexus for sustainable & emerging application technologies and partnerships where science meets businessMissionTo propel the industry towards environmental and economic sustainability through the diffusion of advanced manufacturing technologies and expertise
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SMF spearheads innovation in value creation of polymer microfluidics manufacturing. SMF houses a micro fabrication line with robust processes to ensure unparalleled quality and value for the manufacturing needs of microfluidics devices
PID has established a pilot roll-to-roll line for prototyping and pilot production of functional films and printed electronics. It also provides design and application development of printed electronics products
SEAC provides the following products and services to help local companies to adopt emerging technology:
SMF Services & ProductsSMF provides design and simulation for microfluidics devices. It also provides prototyping and pilot production of polymer based microfluidics devices, which include Poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), Polycarbonate (PC), Cyclic Olefin Copolymer (COC) and others. It employs a comprehensive array of cutting-edge manufacturing technologies to address unique requirements. SMF also offers the following products:
LAP provides design, prototyping and pilot production of products to develop emerging industries in these applications.
Manufacturing has entered an era of creating more value with less environmental burdens. Re-engineering of manufacturing processes and value chain is a fundamental approach towards a sustainable industry.
The patented Liquid Forging technology is a process integrated with high efficient manufacturing system. This hybrid technology is able to form components with intricate features by using fresh/recycle wrought aluminium material with less material wastage.
Spin forming technology allows complex parts to be formed with reduced waste and less energy consumption compared to press-forming and full machining processes.
Natural resources are finite. With ever growing consumption driven by population growth and economic development, nature is struggling to replenish itself prior to depletion.
Resource conservation and optimisation can be achieved by:
Renewable materials are substances derived from living matters or ecosystem which has the ability to regenerate itself at a fast enough rate to meet the demand. Common renewable materials that can be used are natural fibres and bioplastics that are derived from agricultural feedstock.
Biodiesel is a cleaner alternative fuel to petroleum diesel. It is made by chemically combining vegetable oil or animal fat feedstock with alcohol. Feedstock for biodiesel production can also be found in more unconventional sources such as waste cooking oil and grease-trapped oil.
Waste with renewed purpose is a resource. By making this paradigm shift, cost can be reduced and profits will increase. To achieve sustainability in manufacturing, waste must be given a new lease of life in products. There are different ways to transform waste into valuable resources: reuse, remanufacture, recycle, recover.
Wood is a renewable and recyclable resource. By recycling the wood, it reduces the environmental burden as it slows down the need to cut down trees and also channels the waste wood away from the incineration plant.
Wood is a renewable and recyclable resource. By recycling the wood, it reduces the environmental burden as it slows down the need to cut down trees and also channels the waste wood away froRecycled paper are recovered waste paper and re-made into new paper products. Recycled paper creates a positive impact on our natural environment. The use of recycled papers conserve natural resources, saves energy, reduces pollution and minimises waste generation. the incineration plant.
Mankind has always placed our needs and requirement above that of the environment. Our needs can be harmonised with the ecosystem through optimising consumption and production of products. A holistic systematic thinking of a product over its entire life cycle is essential for preventing stage-centric solutions so as to maximise the value and to minimise the environmental impacts. At each stage, there are opportunities for application of technological and scientific principles to the design and manufacture of products for improving the sustainability.
The spectacle frames are designed with a closed-loop recycling system implemented for sustainable manufacturing. These are made of recycled polymers which are processed from the collected used spectacles, contact lens cases and disposed solution bottles.
Discarded cartons are soaked in water to separate the paperboard from the plastic and aluminium layers. The paper content can then be turned into new products like toilet paper, tissue and notebooks.
The advantages of microfluidics technology are often applied in point-of-care and clinical diagnostics, pharmaceutical and life science research, analytical and monitoring devices, and drug delivery. We have worked with the industry and academia to apply our manufacturing capability to develop microfluidics products for various applications. Some of our previous/current examples for various applications are highlighted below:
At the SMF, we work with industry and academic partners in providing robust manufacturing capabilities as well as developing innovative new capabilities to extend the applications of microfluidics to new frontiers.