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Circularity

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 product design & development systems and our advanced manufacturing processes. This philosophy has been a key part of our operations since our foundation in 1991, and is now formally recognised as 'Circularity', contributing to a 'Cirulary Economy'. Circularity is more than just sustainability, it's a company ethos and entrenched into a company culture.

Design for Manufacture (DFM)

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

Reduce, Re-use, Recycle or Re-deploy

All products designed by Integra are designed with Circularity focus and are designed for waste reduction, modularity for re-use or modularity for re-deployment and/or with recycled materials.

Efficient design and manufacturing for transportation

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

Import Replacement & Digital Licensing

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. Collaboration with like-minded businesses with products designed for circularity if fundamental to this concept. This is done through digital licensing and is the capstone concept for an international Circular Economy, paving the way for international businesses to optimise opportunities in other overseas markets through local manufacturing.

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.