How grasping the entire design and production process enabled a more reliable and sustainable framework with the ability to eliminate inefficiencies both in carbon emissions and unit cost.
The Hope Technical parking sensor is a product that combines a sustainable design strategy with mechanical function and profitability. By analysing the old design approach it was clear that the production, assembly, environmental impact and unit cost were negatively influencing the value to the client and user. A tightly fitted injection moulded sensor holder made entirely from locally-sourced recycled plastic was devised. This saw the design and engineering team at IDC tackle every stage of the product development process.
The LCA Calculator enabled us to compare the original design with the new sensor holder design and calculate the difference in carbon footprint. Our new design for Hope Technical is approaching 40x less carbon emissions over its life.
Through the use of locally sourced waste plastic, removing the need for a heavy metal retaining plate, simplifying the design/assembly to one part and the ability to be completely recycled introduced an approach that is better for business and the planet.
Our involvement in the project:
This project bears great significance as the first to be taken from the initial concept all the way to production working closely with our sister company Naiad Plastics. We're incredibly proud to see this collaboration and to know it brings such value to our clients.]
IDC's end to end development capabilities enabled us to rapidly integrate the new design which not only is more sustainable but is also more profitable for us through their production services at Naiad Plastics. We're delighted with this project and would highly recommend!]