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Products that are Kind to the Environment

  • 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 consideration.
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.

Manufacturing with Awareness of Reducing Environmental
                     Impact from the Product 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.

Conserving Energy and Resources
                    with Precision Design Using Cutting-Edge Technologies

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%.

Maintaining and Reusing Facility Machinery to Both Effectively Use Resources and
                    Conserve Energy Maintaining and Reusing Facility Machinery to Both Effectively Use Resources and
                    Conserve Energy