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Sustainability as a competitive advantage for packaging machinery manufacturers

Is it possible to apply the concept of sustainability to the technology of packaging machinery?

When we talk about sustainability in the packaging world, we think directly of the final phase, that of the product at the end of the consumption cycle. Automatically, our thinking addresses the recycling process or waste disposal, forgetting an important part of the value chain.

The latest trend in machinery manufacturers – OEMs-, in terms of sustainability,  is the concentration of efforts on products and services that minimize negative environmental impacts, such as consumption of packaging materials, energy, CO2 emissions, and water during the production phase.

In the analysis of the packaging production process, one of the biggest variable costs is that of materials. Therefore, the use of machines that allow the waste reduction, including that of materials, represents an interesting and strategic investment for the company that allows it to maintain a competitive position in the market.

It is clear that sustainability is a real challenge for the global packaging industry. While retailers and manufacturers can significantly save on the cost of packaging waste, consumers also have a fairly strong influence on their consumption choices. These forces of the packaging machinery market oblige to include sustainability as a strategic factor in corporate planning.

The trend of the global packaging industry is to move towards greater sustainability. The forces in the market define the future of the industry. In fact, retailers and manufacturers can make significant savings by reducing the costs associated with packaging waste. Consumers have a fairly strong influence on their consumption choices.

As mentioned in Walter Soroka’s Fundamentals of Packaging Technology, automated packaging machinery, and packaging lines offer a number of sustainability benefits. From an economic standpoint, automation enables CPG and contract packagers to achieve the throughput volume and consistency they need to be competitive. Advanced automation systems collect and apply real-time data about the performance of individual machines and entire packaging lines. Programmable control devices, feedback circuits, and servo drives can adjust performance without interrupting packaging operations. As a result, operational problems can be headed off, and the waste of packaging materials, energy, and labor from equipment and line malfunction can be reduced. Automation can also reduce time and costs associated with change parts.

Trace Software International is positioned in the market with reliable tools for the efficient design and management of the electrical components of the packaging machinery.

elecworks™ is the electrical drawing software for automation projects and electrical installations.  It provides all necessary features for the best design process for power and control schemes, cross-references, PLC’s, Terminals Strips, Panels, Reporting etc.

The use of this software allows designing automation processes able to reduce production errors, costs and time. These benefits immediately translate into a reduction of negative environmental impacts.

 

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PV Trends 2017 TSI

Green Dream: The Photovoltaic Market in 2017

BARCELONA (March 1, 2017) – [ANALYSIS] Breaking all the records, 2016 became the hottest year in modern temperature monitoring according to NASA. Such alarming observation needs to be taken very seriously.

Our Environment at Risk

According to Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, “90% of the warning signal in 2016 was due to rising greenhouse gas emissions.” And for him, the upcoming year shouldn’t be any different.

Global Land-Ocean Temperature Index in Celsius

Global Land-Ocean Temperature Index in Celsius

Source: Harvey F., “2016 locked into being hottest year on record, Nasa says,” October 18, 2016 in The Guardian.

Changing our habits and the way we consume is crucial in order to save our planet. Sustainability is key to the preservation of our fragile ecosystem during the next decades. According to the Bruntland Report for the World Commission on Environment and Development (1992), sustainability is defined as the “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

Maintaining our consumption level of fossil energies is not an option anymore. In order to maintain our standards of living while protecting the environment, alternative forms of energy – more responsible and eco-friendly – are needed. Green energies have been developed in order to meet these needs.

A New Era for the World

According to a new report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, solar power – energy from the sun converted into thermal or electrical energy – is now one of the cheapest form of new electricity on the market. Multiple countries are investing more and more in this form of energy.

Until 2013, France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom leaded the way as the biggest producers and consumers of solar power. However since then China has overtaken these countries, becoming the country with the highest number of installations at 44GW in the world. The United States and Japan are also expanding their investments and will probably distance Germany in the near future. Latin America is also getting more and more involved in the global development of the solar energy market. Brazil, Chile and Mexico are set to install accumulative 26GW by 2021.

Soon, developing countries will supposedly become the biggest producers and consumers of solar energy, leaving Europe and the U.S. behind. Evaluated $108.3 billion in 2014, the global photovoltaic solar market is expected to reach around $148.5 billion by 2020 according to Zion Research in its report “Solar Photovoltaic Market for Residential, Non Residential and Utility Applications: Global Industry Perspective, Comprehensive Analysis and Forecast, 2014-2020.”

Regional Share of PV Demand, 2015-2021E

Regional Share of PV Demand, 2015-2021E

Source: GTM Research, A Wood Mackenzie Global Solar Demand Monitor Q2 2016

The solar energy market is growing exponentially: civilians, governments and companies are now considering seriously this alternative.

Cheap and ecofriendly, solar power is now the best solution to help us reduce our foot carbon print and limit global warming.

According to the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, photovoltaic is defined as “the direct conversion of light into electricity.” Thus a photovoltaic system is defined as “a complete set of components for converting sunlight into electricity by the photovoltaic process, including the array and balance of system components.” Nevertheless such photovoltaic installations need to be well managed in order to maximize their efficiency. Keeping this major priority in mind, Trace Software International have created the photovoltaic software archelios™.

archelios™ Suite by Trace Software International

archelios™ Suite is a unique software solution that helps engineers, installers, consultants and investors work on the entirety of a photovoltaic project; from the feasibility study to the complete generation of the calculation notes and documentation that are needed for the implementation of such type of projects.

archelios Suite

archelios™ Suite is made of two major applications:

archelios™ Pro is an online application aimed at creating the complete design and feasibility study of any type of photovoltaic installations based on a 3D simulation and thanks to an updated worldwide database (from solar panels and inverters to meteorological stations), horizon masks, custom or manual string wiring and the most precise yield calculation (according to Photon Labs and the IJEEE). It allows the user to export his projects as a complete PDF report to MS Excel, AutoCAD and to archelios™ Calc.

archelios™ Calc is a complete calculation tool created to size photovoltaic installations that are connected to the grid according to the norms NF C15-712-1 Edition 2010-07 and 2013-07; IEC 2015-04 Edition. It is a professional tool specifically developed for photovoltaic installers, providing detailed one-line diagrams of the whole installation; DC and AC Electrical sizing; single and multiple inverters; visual signalisation; graphical indicators of compliance…

From May 30th until June 2nd, Intersolar Europe will take place in Munich (Germany). World’s leading exhibition for the solar industry, Intersolar will bring together 150 speakers, 1,200 exhibitors and over 40,000 visitors. Strongly involved in the preservation of the environment, the Solar Division of Trace Software International will take part to this major event and will launch archelios™ O&M, its new software for operation and maintenance of new and existing photovoltaic installations.

Solar power and photovoltaic systems are our future. It’s time for action: together let’s make the planet a better place for the next generations.