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Economic Environmental Sustainability: Its Dependence of Easily Accessible Technology Information

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000217398D
Publication Date: 2012-May-07
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ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY:

ITS DEPENDANCE ON EASILY ACCESSIBLE TECHNOLOGY INFORMATION Darryl W. Hertz

The M.W. Kellogg Company 601 Jefferson Avenue

Houston, Texas

Abstract

Creation of economically-sustainablepollution prevention process improvementsdepends on the engineer's quick access to usable technology informationmore than ever before. Merely increasing the designer's access to ever-increasing amounts of unsorted and poorly organized information often proves frustrating.

and product designers often have to work under compressed design schedules.As a result, better design tools are needed that contain well-organizedand "high graded"technology information and clear well-written examples of how others have made environmentally-drivenprocess improvements.

Process

Long-term technologyinnovation depends on well-informed design engineers. In large organizations,it may also depend on uniformly informed design engineers. Until now, quick access to usable technology informationand pollution prevention case studies from within the same industries and organizationswas difficult or impossible. The Clean Process Advisory System (CPASTM)

       is being developed under collaborative agreements by three major industrialconsortia to improve access to examplesof waste reductionimprovements from acrossall.industries. The development status of the CPAS effort will be presented with demonstrationsof a few CPAS design tool prototypes. The emphasis will be on how they will give the design engineer ease of access to many technologyexamples and waste reduction process improvementsalreadymade to existing production technologiesand operating facilities.


1. Background

Achieving a sustainableresultwhile improving manufacturing processes means that your customers' most importantneeds will have to be satisfiedas well as your own organization'sneeds. For those developingand licensing production or manufacturing technology, this means you must offer your customers.thebest technologyand performance at the lowest possible life-cycle cost. It also means you must considerhow to achievemaximum waste reduction in a very competitivemarket without compromising existing high levels of safety, reliability, operability, and maintainability.


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Achieving suchperformance will enable your customers to continue to control their overall operating costs as environmental restrictionstighten. The result is staying economically healthy for the long term in today's global economy. To achievebetter environmentalperformance as well as production performance will require more effectivecommunication of lessons learned and capabilitiesof new and emerging technologies between groups within organizations,and between industries.

Lack of knowledgeof emerging, applicable technology information or process alternativeshas been cited as a significant barrier to pollution prevention (U.S. Congress,1994, p.231).Additional value is derived from the consistentUSE of information,
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