Manufacturers are experiencing substantial financial and environmental benefits from sustainable business practices. Sustainable manufacturing is the creation of manufactured products through economically-sound processes that minimise negative environmental impacts while conserving energy and natural resources. Sustainable manufacturing embraces and promote good employee, community and product safety. The fruits of pursuing sustainability and protecting our environment are:
The Sustainable Manufacturing Centre (SMC) collaborates with the manufacturing industry, government agencies and associations to create awareness, develop strategies, implement environmental friendly and sustainable technologies.
MISSION & ROLESMissionTo propel the industry towards environmental and economic sustainability through the diffusion of advanced manufacturing technologies and expertise.
Roles SMC promotes and realises sustainable manufacturing through:
SMC offers a wide variety of expertise in sustainable manufacturing. The current areas of research and core capabilities include:
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.