14 Dec '11, 1pm

Using Software to Design Sustainability into the Manufacturing Process

Using Software to Design Sustainability into the Manufacturing Process

As the world of manufacturing gets increasingly more high-tech, there are a growing number of tools that can help companies focus on reducing energy and materials use at every stage from concept to production. A webcast convened by GreenBiz.com yesterday brought together three experts who are focused on various aspects of sustainable design and manufacturing to share what's possible and what's already happening on factory floors around the world. "The secret reason for sustainble design is that it reduces costs," said Patrick Coulter, the Chief Operating Officer at Granta Design and one of the presenters on the webcast. He offered two examples: Walmart and the Dyson Airblade hand dryer. Both are examples of how designing with sustainability in mind save significant costs -- whether in terms of energy used by other hand-dryers or in terms of rethinking entire production, su...

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