As part of the sustainable strategic transformation, we signed up for comprehensive training on circular product design. This course addresses emerging circularity standards such as EN45554.
How can you tell if your product is “circular”?
Circular product design helps design professionals improve the long-term sustainability of their products. A key principle of the approach is ‘waste design’: placing a product in a circular economy where the value of its components and materials is preserved and not wasted – from minor fixes to complete redesign.
The “Value Hill” principle proposes a categorization based on the stages of a product’s life cycle before, during and after use and explains the systemic differences between a linear economy and a circular economy.
By easily disassembling the parts and materials of the product, all these processes will become more cost-effective and thus fit better into different circular strategies.
What the course covers:
- “Value Hill” analysis and various circular product design strategies to capture value,
- Disassembly and analysis of product components,
- Locating critical product components (Hotspot Mapping),
- Creation of a scheme of the product disassembly process,
Analyzing product components,
- Combined list of components (Bill of material – BoM),
- Entering product component data into the circularity calculator (Circularity Calculator),
- Linear Scenario Analysis in Circularity Calculator,
- Analysis of the product renewal scenario,
- Analysis of the product life extension scenario,
- Product recycling scenario analysis,
- Analysis of optimal circularity of the product.
The training focused on the sustainable design of our products, the use of recyclable materials, and the analysis of strategies for recycling, refurbishing and extending product life.
We are increasingly involved in refurbishing our products, so to speak, refurbishing a used product to near-new condition, while replacing and recycling components that affect the safety of the product. We also take care of the recycling of those products that are worn to the point that they can no longer be restored.
Soon, however, you will be able to find a disassembly sheet in the instructions for use of our products, which will describe the process of disassembling the product and the necessary measures for recycling.