Ramac’s new small-scale blister packaging machine is an innovative design on its own, but the company took innovation one step further when it made an environmentally friendly version of the machine using SolidWorks 3D CAD software.
Ramac founders Søren Andersen and Jimmy Rose analyzed their packaging machine design part-by-part with SolidWorks SustainabilityXpress software to find material choices and manufacturing methods that decreased the machine’s environmental impact throughout its life cycle. SolidWorks SustainabilityXpress is an integrated part of SolidWorks 2010 CAD software, which is Ramac’s design platform.
The software helped Andersen and Rose weigh every environmental factor in producing the RAMAC 525 Workstation, which is a semi-automatic machine that forms and seals blister packs for consumer and medical products in low to medium quantities. The SolidWorks SustanabilityXpress intuitive dashboard details a design’s expected carbon footprint, air and water impact, and energy consumption. It rolls up the probable environmental impact of an entire designed product across its life cycle.
“It’s amazing how easy it is to find out if an alternative solution is better or worse than your original design, from an environmental point of view,” Andersen said.
In addition to the material and manufacturing changes, SolidWorks SustainabilityXpress prompted Ramac to exchange a pneumatic cylinder for an electrical one that consumed less energy. The software documented every environmental gain Ramac made by choosing alternative materials and production methods. That’s important for convincing customers they are buying more environmental friendly equipment, Andersen said.
“Many companies today claim they are green, but to be credible you must be able to prove you are,” Andersen said. “The documentation functions in SustainabilityXpress are very clear and easy to understand. We have decided to deliver the environmental analysis document along with every green packaging machine we sell to prove we don’t just talk about sustainability, but really have integrated environmental principles into our business.”
Encouraged by its success in creating a greener machine, Ramac plans to analyze all future versions of the packaging machine with SolidWorks SustainaibilityXpress right from the beginning of the design process.
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