Green Design from SPI Equipment India Pvt Ltd.
“SPI Equipments India Pvt Ltd provides a wide range of products for textile unit. SP-Infracolor is a laboratory apparatus suitable for dyeing of any type of fibres at high temperatures.
Our policy is to produce environmental friendly products for dying industry. We think about environmental impact of our product at each stage, right from Design till Manufacturing and Recycling.
We have a holder that is a part of our portable dyeing machine. This is basically made of SS steel 304 grade whose cost is high. We use Investment Die casting process for producing this component and later we had to machine them as well. Due to its hardness, cutting tools often break.
Technical expert Mr. Mohanraj & Mr. Gokul Rangarajan. They guided us in exploring SolidWorks Sustainability Express which I personally feel Manufacturing industries should adopt such Technology for producing Green products right from design stage. SolidWorks Sustainability considers four key environmental Indicators: carbon footprint, total energy consumed, impacts to air and impacts to water. By evaluating these indicators across the projected life cycle of design, from raw materials, production through use and end-of-life.
We tried using various alternate materials and checked them for a better eco-friendly material, which may reduce cost of material, Processing cost, life of cutting tool and finally material wastage & still serve my purpose. We compared Aluminium alloy grade LM4 and Brass with SS steel 304 grade and we finalized Aluminium alloy grade LM4 which is more environmental friendly and cost effective compared to other two materials.
The below results shows the comparison between SS steel 304 grade & Aluminium alloy grade LM4. The Upper bar indicates Aluminium alloy grade LM4 and the Lower bar indicates SS steel 304 grade.
We are now able to get Aluminium alloy grade LM4 in the market which is readily available for machining. Cost and weight is also reduced upto 60%. SolidWorks Sustainability enables us to monitor our product’s sustainability throughout the product development process