- Initiatives that are Kind to the Environment in Manufacturing Processes
- Products that are Kind to the Environment
Manufacturing with Awareness of Reducing Environmental Impact from the Product Development Stage
Seiko Instruments Inc. evaluates each of its products for various
environmental consideration categories using its own five-point
evaluation standard by product, and it certifies products meeting
the standard as “SII Green Products.” In fiscal year 2016, it added
“consideration of biodiversity” to its environmental consideration
categories, thereby strengthening its evaluations of environmental
Design personnel from other divisions are also involved in the SII Green Product certification review to conduct an objective review with a broad perspective. Through these initiatives, we maintain awareness of our manufacturing that is kind to the environment in processes from the design and development stage.
Conserving Energy and Resources with Precision Design Using Cutting-Edge Technologies
During the product development and design stages, we use computer simulations to analyze physical phenomena that cannot be seen with the naked eye, such as the stress state of component materials and the resin flow state of molded parts. We use this analysis to verify designs and product performance. In addition to simulations of products and parts themselves, we also use fluid analysis of (fluid) ink emitted from inkjet printer heads and 3D analysis combining supercomputers with parallel processing software to improve product performance, reduce design time, and use less energy and materials by eliminating prototypes.
Maintaining and Reusing Facility Machinery to Both Effectively Use Resources and Conserve Energy
We overhaul aging production equipment and keep it running continuously by repairing and replacing worn-out parts. This enables us to dispose of less equipment and make effective use of resources. We also match modern technologies to old production equipment in a process called “retrofitting,” as part of our active efforts to improve functionality and maintainability while saving energy. Prototype models on our cam-operated automatic lathe, which is one of our main pieces of equipment, are expected to cut energy use by up to 20%.
The Group companies market a large number of products that are kind to the environment. Furthermore, we are making concerted efforts to create products and services that can positively contribute to improving the environment, as well as components that help improve the environmental features of our customers' products.
The world's first GPS solar watch Seiko Astron released by Seiko Watch Corporation is an extremely eco-friendly watch that runs solely on solar power. Seiko's energy efficient proprietary technology has reduced power consumption for GPS signal reception.
Seiko Instruments Inc. (SII) is implementing a program of green product standards based on the concepts of "improving the environmental performance of our clients' products in which our SII devices or components are incorporated" and "contributing to the conservation of the environment." SII introduced the SII Green Product Label System in 2001 and the SII High Grade Green Product Label System in 2006 and has created a large number of eco-friendly products and products that contribute to the environment. The ratio of green product sales reached 97.9% in fiscal 2019.