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Sustainability

Published in About Us
K2_WRITTEN_ON January 19 2016
Written by Super User

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Reducing our carbon footprint and waste minimisation is a vital consideration throughout Integra’s engineering design & development systems and our manufacturing processes. A key to sustainability and waste minimisation is “Getting it right the first time”.

Design for Manufacture (DFM)

This process ensures maximum material yield, reducing metal off-cuts and waste; providing maximum manufacturing efficiency.

Efficient design and manufacturing for transportation

During the design phase we review the suitability of design and manufacture for efficient transportation and cartage. Many products we produce are designed in kit form for “flat-packed” transportation. Kits can be assembled and disassembled on-site, reducing “air space” in transit. This reduces transportation costs due to inefficient use of haulage space and results in reduced carbon emissions.

Import Replacement

Integra is committed to replacing imports through smart engineering and manufacturing. A crucial factor is that components made in Australia by Integra contribute to a low carbon economy as overseas transportation costs are nullified.

Lean Manufacturing

Waste minimisation in many aspects including material and time.

Material selection

Being experts in metal-ware, we select the most suitable material for our customer’s projects both to ensure appropriate product fit, minimal waste, manufacturing suitability, carbon content, strength and durability leading to 0% defects and disposal from product failure and non-conformance.

Office materials

Purchase decisions are made to favour recycled materials and consumables and the reuse is promoted internally. Every effort is made to minimise consumption of materials. Paper, printing cartridges, packaging are other waste is routinely set aside for recycling.

Punch-IT Coil Line power saving efficiencies

Variable hydraulic pressure modes reduces unnecessary power consumption with up to 35% reduction in power usage.

Punch-IT Coil Line waste reduction

Accurate material processing from coil enables waste to be almost eliminated due to punching parts to exact width.

Scrap Metal Recycling

All metal off-cuts and scrap are systematically collected and sent to an accredited recycling specialist.

Servo Electric Press Brakes

This machine shuts down automatically when not in use, resulting in considerable power reduction. The Servo Electric operation eliminates the need for compressors and pumps that normally run when the machine is not in operation.

Turret Punch Energy Reduction System

World’s lowest energy consuming punch presses through efficient management of power usage in stand-by mode on hydraulics.

Fiber Optic Laser & Compass Technology

We have selected the fastest and most efficient laser cutting machine on the market. The Salvagnini L5 fiber optic laser utilises fiber optic technology to maximise the efficiency of fiber optic laser output that increases reliability, speed, accuracy and quality. The L5’s patented Compass technology is the highest speed laser head on the market as it has less moving parts than any other laser, delivering the fastest cutting speed at maximum efficiency and lowest level of maintenance.

The L5 boasts extremely low running costs, thanks to:

  1. the highly efficient source and chiller;
  2. the elimination of optical path requirements;
  3. the elimination of laser gas;
  4. the lowest maintenance costs of any laser;
  5. the ability to cut with compressed air.