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Waste Treatment and Recycling Technology

To harness secondary resources, climate protection and energy sources

The Waste Treatment and Recycling Technology Association within VDMA attends to one of the oldest industries in the world. But the world is changing. Primarily, the main concern was the disposal of unwanted residual materials but a new understanding of the environment, limited natural resources, rising commodity prices and political dependencies of raw material suppliers led to a revision. Over the past 30 years, the waste management in Europe has developed into a recycling economy. Today, the industry is also seen as secondary raw materials management.

Secondary resources

Iron and non-iron metals, paper, wood, plastics or rare minerals are materials that are recovered of waste by using modern technologies. The Members of the European Union are leaders in recycling rates, thanks to waste treatment and recycling technology. The rate for paper is just under 70 percent. Today, 13 percent of the raw material needs of the German industry are covered by secondary resources, led by metallic materials.

Climate protection

Waste treatment and recycling technology contributes to climate protection in many aspects.
On one hand, less CO2 is emitted by the use and recovery of secondary resources, on the other hand, the emission of methane is avoided by the environmentally sound disposal of refrigeration equipment or the operation of landfills according to the state-of-the-art.
Plastics – with the exception of bio-based plastics – are produced from the limited resource petroleum. Recycling and energy recovery are technically sophisticated ways to achieve sustainable development. The use of one ton of recycled plastic saves 2.5 tons of CO2 and also conserves existing oil reserves.
Cooling devices in particular have a high climate damage potential due to the containing propellants when not disposed properly.
Just the proper treatment of a refrigerator avoids 2,000 tons of CO2 emissions. Additionally, the recycling of electrical and electronic equipment helps to obtain valuable secondary raw materials such as plastics and metals.

Energy sources

Everyone is talking about renewable energy sources. A part of those sources are waste-to-energy plants, especially biogas and landfill gas plants or waste incinerators. The portfolio is supplemented by plants manufacturing solid recovered fuels. Solid recovered fuels are widely used in the cement industry. The intelligent idea of waste-to-energy is that waste is generated all the time and therefore can be used wisely, also as a carbon-neutral energy source.

More information can be found at www.vdma.org/waste


Thermo process technology

Sustainability in the context of industrial furnaces

Thermo process plants, commonly known as industrial furnaces, are a key technology that is indispensable in various fields. They are used by carmakers just as much as they are used in machinery construction, at foundries or in the aerospace industry.

The nature of the process means that industrial furnaces are one of the biggest industrial consumers of energy. In Germany, they account for almost 40 per cent of the total industrial energy demand and this is roughly equivalent to the annual consumption of around 14 million private households.

With this in mind, maximum energy efficiency is a more than justified demand – but this is nothing new for the furnace makers. For many decades now, they have been successfully developing their products to lower the energy demand. The result of this is that modern facilities are already up to 30% more efficient than old industrial furnaces. And even with new facilities, in some cases optimised concepts can generate a further energy saving of up to 15%.

In the future too, the sector will continue to adopt new solutions in order to generate a lower energy demand, fewer emissions and even higher safety standards. In addition to the repeated use of energy and water which is already commonplace today, other areas of focus will include the development of new types of burners and looking at the energy profile of manufacturing facilities and furnaces as a whole.


Metallurgical Plants and Rolling Mills

Competitive edge thanks to innovative plant technology

Without metals, above all steel and aluminium, nothing would work. There would be no cars, no televisions, no washing machines. Today there are over 2,500 different types of steel. They include some which actually make some sustainable technologies possible in the first place. Highly efficient wind turbines, for example. Combustion power plants with a high degree of efficiency or lighter and thus more economical vehicles.

However, the manufacturers of metallurgical plants and rolling mills are also pushing ahead with sustainable solutions on other fronts. Examples include automated processes in the production of steel which save energy in a noticeable way. Or new methods of aluminium manufacturing which allow very low material thicknesses and thus conserve valuable resources.

Metallurgical plants have become more and more environmentally sustainable in recent years. Whether you look at emission figures, keeping water clean, waste reduction or recycling, considerable improvements have been achieved in all areas. The sector has successfully adopted a path towards sustainability and will also continue to take account of its responsibility to the economy, ecology and society in the future.


Glass Technology

 

Innovative Technologies for a Sustainable, Quality Material

The glass machinery industry is one of the most energy-intensive sectors in the world. The term sustainability has been used relatively rarely in this context until now. Glass is an inherently sustainable material now proving increasingly versatile in times of scarce resources and growing environmental burdens – for instance, as high-quality heat-insulating glass or high-tech glass for photovoltaic or solar thermal applications. The degree to which it can be recycled is also unbeatable and this is something ensured by machinery and plant construction.

From batch handling and the mixing process to the glass melt and shaping process through to further processing and finishing, we are seeing an upsurge and further development in sustainable technologies. Energy consumption alone for the production of a ton of glass has been reduced over the past 80 years by some 75%. New furnace techniques along with filter and water treatment plants will further reduce environmental burdens and also minimise energy consumption in combination with ever more efficient drive technology. Add to this innovative processing methods for the most varied of fields of application as well as new recycling techniques for solar applications.

Thanks to innovative technologies this means resources and the environment will be protected, energy will be saved and overall quality of life will therefore be improved. Glass machinery technology under the umbrella of the Blue Competence initiative also stands for stable production processes and high-quality end products. This benefits both glass manufacturers and end consumers – regardless of whether they require flat, insulation, solar, hollow or special glass.


Save raw material with WASTECONTROL

WASTECONTROL is a unique tool for improving the economic efficiency of the blowroom by raw material savings.

The challenge in terms of sustainability:

Fibres should be part of the yarn and not of the waste. The costs for the raw material are the largest position in yarn price calculation. Raw material savings thus are the best opportunity to realise cost savings.

The initial position:

The cleaner shall obtain the best possible degree of cleaning without separating many good fibres. This requires that the setting of the cleaning elements is exactly adapted to the raw material. This is the task of WASTECONTROL.

The solution:

WASTECONTROL BR-WCT is an optical sensor that determines the composition of the waste.
The sensor detects how many fibres and how many trash particles are contained in the waste. The measuring process starts with closed cleaning elements. After that the deflector blades of these elements are slowly opened. In the process, the separation of trash particles increases. Starting from a certain point, however, too many good fibres are extracted. Thus it is obvious that the optimum working point for this raw material and for this cleaning element is just before that point.

The sustainable strengths:

WASTECONTROL helps to obtain a double benefit:WASTECONTROL helps to obtain a double benefit:

  • Reduction of the absolute amount of waste
  • Higher degree of cleaning

Our experience shows that it is easy to save 0.5% or even more waste in the blowroom when using WASTECONTROL.

As a consequence, a spinning mill using e.g. 10,000 t cotton per year can save between 62,000 US$ and 90.000 US$ raw material per year.

Easy operation and setting
In addition it is possible to enter specifications for determining the position of the deflector blades into the WASTECONTROL software. The operator may choose between

  • Maximum economy = "Economy"
  • Maximum quality = "Intensity" and
  • Standard = "Balance"

In the standard setting, an approved compromise between economy (amount of waste) and cleaning efficiency (remaining trash content) is made.

Brief profile of the company:

Name: Trützschler GmbH & Co. KG
Headquarters: Moenchengladbach, Germany
Year established: 1888
Employees: 2500
Solutions:

  • Fibre Preparation for Spinning mills
  • Turn key Nonwoven lines
  • Card Clothing

Internationality: Germany, China, India, USA, Brazil


Woodworking and processing machinery

Efficiency for a renewable raw material

 

Wood is the most important renewable raw material and is highly environmentally friendly and sustainable if cultivated responsibly – the term "sustainability" comes from forestry.

What is important, also for wood processing, is to be able to use modern production procedures throughout the entire process chain to radically reduce the resources needed and therefore also to reduce the costs, so as to optimize the end products' environmental balance. German producers of woodworking machinery and tools are globally respected as technology leaders and keep developing procedures that

  • lower production waste and emissions
  • utilise waste and faulty wood ranges
  • save energy and material when machining, pressing and coating
  • create individual and sustainably usable products made of wood.

Examples for this are intelligent cutting procedures in saw mill technology that get the most out of every trunk, or optimized panel structures and glueing methods when producing wooden composites that save thousands of cubic meters of wood and glue every year. Furniture made of light-weight building panels or dovetailed solid wood panels, the industrial processing of coats without solvents for surface coating, using engineered wood products in civil engineering – these and many other innovations today already enable a very high level of sustainability in the fields of building, living and interior design. Thanks to efficient machines and plants, wood has a great future.

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Technologies of the future for a sustainable quality of life

Providing innovative technologies, plastics and rubber machinery manufacturers are ready to meet the challenges of modern urban lifestyles when it comes to mobility, infrastructure or general supply, and what is more, they do it against the background of increasingly scarce and high-cost resources.

Thus, plastics and rubber machinery manufacturers make a crucial contribution to the efforts of continuously improving the quality of life in today's societies. With highly efficient production processes and intelligent plastic and rubber products, the entire branch stands for all aspects of sustainability.

Energy efficiency and saving of resources at plastics and rubber processing

For decades, energy efficiency has traditionally played an essential role in the development of plastics and rubber machinery. Productivity has nearly doubled in the last 20 years. At the same time, the machine-specific energy consumption has been reduced by around 30 per cent though.

It is expected to cut machine-related energy consumption by another 20 per cent by 2020. Most of this saving will come from making greater use of energy-efficient technology combined with new drive designs, further increases in the productivity of plant and manufacturing processes, and from integrating previously separate process steps into new production lines. Major savings can also be achieved by energy monitoring to reveal energetic soft spots.

Dealing efficiently with the highly valuable raw material is also an important focus. Improved production processes and material properties allow material saving product solutions. Waste material – including scrap accumulating during the production process – can be recycled.

Examples for sustainable applications of plastic products

  • In automotive engineering, lightweight components allow saving fuel and, therefore, are essential for the reduction of CO2 emission.
  • Well-insulated buildings help to lower heating costs and, additionally, keep heat and noise from their residents.
  • Efficient agriculture, meeting the large demand of food worldwide, is not possible without careful protection of the plants or reliable systems of artificial irrigation.
  • Perfectly packed and protected food can be transported over long distances without losing any of its quality or freshness. Hygienic standards can easily be met.

 

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Compressors, compressed air and vacuum technology

Innovative, efficient, safe

The manufacturers of compressors, compressed air and vacuum technology think long term, recognize trends at an early stage and actively convert them into sustainable solutions. Savings achieved through efficient plants and equipment can be invested in research and development.

Improving the quality of life

Compressors, compressed air and vacuum technology provide an improved quality of life in many fields, starting with the sterile packaging of foodstuffs complying with hygiene standards, moving on to water treatment by aeration in sedimentation tanks and through to medical applications, for example in the treatment of tumours. And last but not least, innovative technologies also offer opportunities for quality improvement and increased precision in many industrial processes, e.g. laser cutting.

Increasing efficiency and decreasing emissions

Energy consumption and emissions can be reduced both in the planning and operating stages of industrial plant and equipment. The multiple possibilities for energy savings which reveal themselves here have been recognized and exploited by manufacturers of compressors, compressed air and vacuum technology – for example in the ultra-precise design of a piece of equipment for a very specific application, by leakage reduction or the recirculation of gases with the aid of efficient recovery systems.

Minimising life-cycle costs

Investment decisions are no longer based solely on acquisition costs. The examination of costs over the entire life-cycle of a machine is becoming increasingly important, focussing particularly on the expenditure due to energy consumption. Maintenance costs, the disposal and reprocessing of the materials used so that they are transformed once again into useful raw materials also form part of the equation.

Here you can download the Blue Competence Flyer: "Compressors, compressed air and vacuum technology for increased sustainability"


Intralogistics

Innovative sustainable logistics solutions

A book, a hairdryer, the Easter present. Done - the online order has been placed. And often within just a matter of hours it will be on its way to us, the customers. This is possible thanks to better and better logistics systems within companies operating in the mail-order distribution business. This is just one of many examples highlighting what modern intralogistics is capable of today.

The interdisciplinary sector of intralogistics includes providers of a wide range of different products for the flow of materials and goods within companies. It is one of the largest sectors of the German mechanical engineering industry – and a very innovative one too. This is particularly the case when it comes to sustainable technologies and solutions.

Intralogistics helps to deliver energy savings in companies in a decisive way. It thus makes a vital contribution to economic viability and effective protection of the environment. And this is true along the entire supply chain, because intralogistics does not just stop at the factory gate. It also controls the transport logistics and optimises the route planning of delivery vehicles.

From innovative drive concepts and energy recovery right through to intelligent warehouse management systems, all of the possibilities are utilised. So that further improvements can continue to be made in the future, intralogistics companies also spend a lot of money on research. One example is the development of high-strength fibre cables for lifting movements in warehouse technology systems which result in a much lower energy demand.


Textile machinery

Innovations for sustainable progress

Sustainability covers a wide range of topics. Energy efficiency, raw material and material efficiency are just some of the important economic and ecological challenges for the international textile industry.

For the German textile machinery industry, sustainability has been around for quite some time. Innovations in textile machines have always helped to make production processes more efficient and more environmentally friendly. As the world champion of exports of textile machinery, the sector has a great responsibility in spreading the idea of sustainability within the industry.

Modern textile machines need less and less energy. Compared to older machines their operating costs have lowered considerably – in particular if the overall life cycle is taken into account. At the same time their environmental balance has improved.

It is no longer about optimizing the conditions for the manufacturer of textiles or resource-saving, low-energy production methods. Modern textile machines are also the key to the economic manufacture of innovative textiles, which are found in forward-looking, sustainable materials. Lightweight, fibre-reinforced plastics for example in wind turbines or aircraft where they make a significant contribution to fuel savings.

 

Further information: machines-for-textiles.com/blue-competence

Download brochure:  Conserving resources – securing savings-potential.
The comparison, measuring and labelling of energy-efficient textile machinery.


Construction Equipment and Building Material Machinery

Towards a green future in construction with a holistic approach


There will always be a worldwide demand for construction work and building material. They are needed to provide infrastructure and help improve conditions of human life. No matter if on the domestic or foreign markets, German manufacturers of construction equipment and building material machinery are well equipped for this and have an excellent reputation in the entire world. Many a company is a technology leader. Construction machinery is also often used when it comes to pushing the energy revolution, for instance, by high-tech rotating tower cranes setting up enormous wind generators or special and highly innovative drill and foundation technology being used to fix offshore wind farms in the sea.

The manufacturers of construction equipment and building material machinery always focus their research and development projects on human life and the environment. Innovative improvements in construction equipment are nearly always reducing noise, dust and/or exhaust. The main aims are to use raw materials and resources efficiently throughout the entire construction process, to reduce fuel consumption in mobile machinery, to increase the performance of machinery and equipment, to enhance quality and automation, to obtain better networking in the production of building material and have innovative construction processes, to get new impetus, but also to increase safety at work, to combine function and design, and to improve cost efficiency and have new service concepts at hand.  
 
In order to reduce CO2 effectively, for instance, every element of the construction process needs to be checked closely. It is not only the machinery itself, but also the technical procedures, the work process, the operator and the particular drive used that influence the entire performance. The bottom line is the effect the entire construction process has on the environment. To put it simply, a typical question could be "how much CO2 has been avoided when building this motorway?" The interaction of these stated individual elements the industry sees as its holistic approach. Their actions and activities are based on this and they offer solutions with this regard.

 

 


Packaging machinery enables sustainability

Packaging Machinery: responsible handling of natural resources

 

The Food and Packaging Machinery Association within VDMA is part of the Blue Competence Initiative. Our member companies supply energy-efficient and resource-friendly solutions which save on both energy and materials and thus will reduce costs. Rising prices for raw materials used as packaging materials and the growing customer awareness that waste must be reduced make it ever more imperative to look for new options in the packaging technology. Today, more and more customers worldwide already include ecological criteria in their decision-making processes when choosing a product.

A responsible handling of natural resources and eco-friendly management is highly prioritised by our member companies. Over the last years, they have resolutely made both operational and production processes sustainable und have realised eco- and resource-friendly packaging solutions. The manufacturers of packaging machinery are well aware that sustainable production processes are highly favoured by their customers.

Optimal use of packaging materials will save resources

Sustainable packaging solutions lower the consumption of packaging materials e.g. by reduced film thickness or by minimising edge trims and punching scraps. Improved film packaging systems are so versatile that they can process both conventional and extra-thin bio-film.

New secondary packaging for PET bottle batches will reduce the consumption of materials. Strapping bands, a new packaging concept, will make the usual shrink foil redundant. Dispensing with shrink tunnels considerably cuts down on energy consumption. At the same time, palettes will offer more space.

Intelligent solutions raise energy efficiency

Sustainable packaging solutions lower the consumption of packaging materials e.g. by reduced film thickness or by minimising edge trims and punching scraps. Improved film packaging systems are so versatile that they can process both conventional and extra-thin bio-film.

New secondary packaging for PET bottle batches will reduce the consumption of materials. Strapping bands, a new packaging concept, will make the usual shrink foil redundant. Dispensing with shrink tunnels considerably cuts down on energy consumption. At the same time, palettes will offer more space.

A holistic approach will minimise the consumption of resources

Every new step in a production line will raise the value of the manufactured product. Before the packaging process even starts, the consumption of resources is already very high. Constructive changes and new procedures which impact back on the entire process and thus create a good yield, contribute greatly to the saving of resources. New sealing techniques (among others) handle the product to be packaged with care and considerably shorten process times. Using new packaging technology also increases the shelf-life of products and thus reduces food loss, thereby again saving on resources.
 

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Robotics and automation

For sustainable production and products

Whether a process involves robots, assembly and handling technology or industrial image processing – robotics and automation conserve resources and protect the environment. They do this firstly because they allow more sustainable production processes, and secondly because they provide the technical basis allowing many sustainable products to be manufactured in an economical way.

Producing things in a more efficient and resource-conserving way

Even in the actual manufacturing phase of products, a great deal of energy is often required. Automation technology can result in considerable savings here. Robots, for example, often require less power than conventional alternatives. Image processing technology is replacing manual checks and this minimises the reject rate. Innovative assembly and handling systems deliver maximum output while using only a small amount of resources.

Manufacturing sustainable technologies economically

What use are the most sustainable ideas for products if they cannot be manufactured economically? Robotics and automation help many sustainable solutions to achieve the breakthrough because they lower their production costs. The photovoltaics sector offers one example: high-quality solar panels are already manufactured in an automated fashion today. In just a few years, solar power could become competitive without any state subsidies thanks to modern production technologies.


Precision tools

Innovative, efficient, ergonomic

More efficiency, environmental protection, occupational health and safety and product quality – precision tools make all this possible. Every day tool manufacturers help to make our world more sustainable.

Energy and resource efficiency

Numerous innovations in the case of precision tools help to make more efficient use of energy and resources. For instance, combination tools reduce the number of tool changes required and allow energy-optimised processing with very few interruptions. New coatings increase the useful service life of tools. Innovative technologies minimise the demand for lubricant and coolant.

Environmental protection

Lightweight construction and new drive concepts such as electric motors or hybrid engines can make mobility more environmentally friendly. These drives are produced using materials which require special tool systems. The development of such systems is not just one of the exciting and challenging tasks for the precision tool sector, but actually makes the processing of the new materials possible in the first place.

Occupational health and safety and product quality

The stability of cutting tools offers maximum safety even at maximum rotational speeds. In addition, precision tools ensure reliable production and deliver durable industrial products. Greater resistance to wear gives punching tools a longer life. And modern measuring technology allows supreme product quality to be achieved.


Power Transmission

Innovations as the guarantor of sustainability

German power transmission is an internationally acclaimed and leading supplier industry and provides the basis allowing complete systems to be operated in an energy-efficient and sustainable way.

Power transmission products and systems conserve resources and protect the environment. They do this firstly by allowing more efficient and thus more sustainable complete products. Secondly, they provide the technical preconditions allowing many sustainable products to be manufactured in an economically viable way.

Resource-conserving and efficient products and production processes

Even in the actual manufacturing phase of products, a great deal of energy is often required. New power transmission components can result in considerable savings here. Innovative power transmission solutions often require less energy than conventional alternatives. Modern motion control controls a drive train in coordination with the overall system very efficiently and thus reduces the power loss.

Manufacturing sustainably and economically

What use are the most sustainable ideas for products if they cannot be manufactured economically? The innovative solutions of power transmission help many sustainable solutions to achieve the breakthrough because they lower their production costs. German power transmission already offers energy-efficient system solutions today, for example with renewable energies or wind turbines, efficient drive trains in vehicles or more intelligent production. Wherever there is something that turns or moves, power transmission is part of the solution. Based on innovative processes and production procedures, the sector is capable of being the pioneer for future-viable technologies both economically and sustainably and is able to cater for the key triumvirate of the "economy, environment and society".


Lifts and escalators

Energy efficiency and free accessibility

The manufacturers of lifts and escalators are demonstrating how you can save energy and improve quality of life at the same time. They are reducing the energy costs of buildings with innovative technology. And designing their systems to be accessible ensures that there are no restrictions on use – even by children, sick people, elderly people or disabled people.

Enormous energy-saving potential with lifts

There are around 650,000 lift systems in Germany alone. More than half of them are over 20 years old and no longer up to scratch in terms of energy performance. Replacing old systems with new solutions offers enormous energy-saving potential. This is because modern systems consume up to 45% less energy. In Germany, this would allow 600,000 t of CO2 to be saved every year.

Higher quality of life thanks to free accessibility

Even today, more than 20% of our population is older than 64 years of age. And this trend towards an ageing population is set to continue. But people's ability to move declines as they get older. It is no wonder that, as well as disabled people, increasing numbers of older people also require free access to where they live without any barriers. Modern lift systems have an increasingly important role to play here, particularly in cities.


Machine tools

More energy efficiency in production

The European machine tool industry is synonymous around the world with technical innovation at the highest level – and this is also true when it comes to sustainability. In particular as far as energy efficiency is concerned, it defines the state of the art and plays a leading role internationally. Every single day machine toolmakers show what can be achieved with innovative solutions. And they demonstrate how productivity and energy efficiency can be combined with one another to achieve an excellent result.

What does this actually mean? Modern axis and spindle drives feed energy back again directly. Intelligent stand-by concepts optimise processes during the operation of the machine and thus conserve resources. Savings on materials reduce the energy demand during acceleration processes. Systems for heat recovery utilise lost heat for preheating or for heating. These are just a few of countless examples of sustainable technology. And the sector is continuously working on further, even better solutions.

However, it has long since been clear that sustainability and energy efficiency are not a stand-alone solution. It is all about thinking outside of the box. Suppliers and customers also need to be on board in order to be able to exploit all of the potential for more sustainability across the entire life cycle of the machine. Energy-efficient components and the energy-conscious use of the machines are important points to note here.

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Foundry machinery

Know-how for sustainable solutions

New approaches are making many things possible when it comes to casting today. The sector's main consumers such as the automotive industry are among the drivers of innovation. For example, following the trend for lightweight design in vehicle construction, techniques have been developed for casting lighter parts from cast iron, from aluminium or from magnesium instead of using heavier materials.

If weight advantages in vehicles lead to lower levels of fuel consumption, manufacturers of foundry machines have helped to achieve this. But sustainability is also always a primary focus for companies in the sector very directly. New technologies and concepts maximise the energy efficiency, availability, safety and environmental compatibility of their facilities.

When it comes to energy efficiency, for instance, many levers are being set in motion: The automation of various casting processes forms part of this. The same is true of energy-optimised components which only operate when they are actually needed.

Ergonomics and safety at the workplace are other key issues. This is because heat, noise and hazardous substances demand a special level of care and attention at the workplaces in foundries. The manufacturers of foundry machines play a leading role in the development of European safety standards.


Engines

Low-emission, efficient and durable drive solutions

Combustion engines are the core drive component of numerous industrial machines and plants. The manufacture of agricultural products, the construction of buildings and transport routes, and the transport of goods and conveyance of people would be just as inconceivable as the decentralised generation of electricity and heat and the provision of emergency power without combustion engines.

Manufacturers of industrial engines, together with their qualified suppliers, have taken account of the increasing requirements for climate and environmental protection. Today, emissions are a fraction of what they were in the 1990s. And combustion engines are one of the most efficient prime movers of all time. No other technology converts so much energy from fuel into movement, electricity and heat. In modern drive concepts, hybrid components support the engine where appropriate, thus increasing efficiency. If operated with biofuels, the engines can also function CO2-neutrally.

The durability of industrial engines is a decisive characteristic. The engines are used on a daily basis, sometimes around the clock and for years on end. When they reach their wear limit, they are given a thorough overhaul to make them almost as new, and are then able to perform their function for a good many more years before they reach the end of their product lifespan, are fed back into the raw material cycle and almost completely reused.


Fluid power

A guarantee of sustainability

The German fluid power industry is the technological world market leader and one of the most important suppliers to the engineering industry. This applies to both mobile and stationary applications.

Modern hydraulic and pneumatic components and systems make a significant contribution to sustainable production and efficient end products. They reduce the burden on resources and protect the environment.

In order to meet demands for sustainability, resource conservation and energy efficiency, it is possible, for example, to use powerful dimensioning, simulation and calculation tools. Only through the deployment of appropriately dimensioned components and systems is it possible to make efficient use of resources and realize the potential for energy saving in production operations.

Sustainable and economical production

In terms of sustainability and energy efficiency, the process is the decisive criterion for the choice of drive technology. Taking the example of an injection moulding machine, this means that either electromechanical or electrohydraulic actuators are used, depending on the sub- process in question..

Innovative, future-oriented production processes and products are paving the way for sustainable technologies, harmoniously reconciling the needs of economy, the ecosystem and human well-being at large.