The core of Nederman's offering is about reconciling ecological and economic efficiency. To learn more about how we work with sustainability when developing our products we interviewed Marie Nilsson, Industrial Designer at Nederman.
How do you take environmental focus into account when developing products?
“It’s actually one of our main focus areas and it’s not just about the environment it’s also about increasing our competitiveness. We think it is important that our products fulfil real user needs and deliver true value to be sustainable” says Marie Nilsson, Industrial Designer at Nederman, and continuous, “During the product development process we continuously asses the products environmental impact. By optimized functionality and smart design we strive to minimize the products impact during its life-cycle, from raw material, manufacturing, distribution, use, maintenance to recycling.”
Is this a new way of working?
“We have actually done this for many years now, but of course for every project we improve our way of working”, says Marie Nilsson.
Companies in a wide range of industries are being helped to achieve more eco-efficient production thanks to Nederman’s wide range of industrial air filtering solutions. Nederman is constantly striving to improve its operations with regard to sustainability.
Do you have an example of a product where the environmental approach you talked about has been used?
“The new FilterBox is an exciting example of this. We succeeded in creating improved energy efficiency, reduced amount of material and much more,” says Marie.
Improved sustainability in three important areas
The 3rd generation of the FilterBox was introduced some years ago and has been well received on the market. The FilterBox capture airborne particles and filter them out resulting in a cleaner and safer work environment. The Nederman development team has created a product that is improved when it comes to:
1. Energy efficiency
A lot of effort has been put into designing the product to have highest possible performance with minimal power use. The FilterBox has energy saving functionality like automatic start/stop, and the fan are fulfilling the Eco Design directive.
2. Resource optimization
The new product has 27% lower weight as a consequence of less material used and the number of components has been reduced radically, from 115 to 16 compared with previous version.
3. Smart functions
The modern software is designed to allow service personnel to remotely troubleshoot, serve, set and update the product. This has resulted in a significant reduction in the amount of travel required for servicing purposes, so reducing carbon dioxide emissions.
What comes next?
“From a competition standpoint, we try not to reveal what we do but environmental concerns and eco-efficient production are key and an important competitive advantage in the battle for customers” says Marie Nilsson and heads off to the next meeting to talk about future improvements.