Authors: Tamim P. Sidiki, Ph.D. and Ine Cox Company: DSM Engineering Plastics Date Published: 1/18/2011
Pan Pacific Symposium
Abstract: The quest for sustainable development will be the main trend in the coming decades. Green Design has become modum operandum in the Electronics industry all over the world and will remain one of the hottest topics for the coming years. Green Design comprises a reduction of consumed energy, products without hazardous substances, optimized eco-efficiency, bio-based plastics and an increased use of recycling. Differentiators today will in the future become qualifiers in all major markets. Depending on the application focus and position in the value chain, individual companies can contribute actively to sustainability. What started in high volume Consumer Electronics such as Mobile phones and PCs, is quickly spreading to domestic appliances, white goods and industrial applications. DSM Engineering plastics is one of the leading engineering plastics suppliers to the electronics industry with high focus on all these sustainability items. The sustainability leadership of DSM Engineering Plastics in the Electronics Industry is broadly recognized.1,2,3 In this paper, we give a generic overview of the various green design approaches and review current industry status with respect to the introduction of halogen-free plastics and discuss various options for the implementation of Green Design solutions. Some of the alternatives allow a significant reduction or elimination of halogens without jeopardizing product performance, safety or cost. In some cases, the material similarity will reduce connector re-qualification or retooling costs. The concept of Green Design is also based on the IEC62368 standard, which is currently being discussed as a global standard within the Electronics industry covering audio/video and IT-equipment.