News: Singapore and US Institutes collaborate in sustainable manufacturing technologies
Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) of the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)USA.
Tuesday, 7th April 2009
To collaborate in joint research projects, facilitate graduate students exchanges and organise joint academic meetings, symposia and other academic partnerships to advance the development of sustainable manufacturing technologies..Sustainable manufacturing technologies will shape future living as they open up manufacturing possibilities to create new environmentally friendly products. These products can be produced cost-effectively to improve quality of life minimising or minus the costly repercussions of pollution, damage to the environment and depletion of resources among others. Sustainable manufacturing technologies can be used in multiple industries for clean production and services. Technology advancements in sustainable manufacturing technologies are aligned to Singapore's long-term R&D thrusts to grow the clean energy and environment industries. The 2-year collaboration between the institutes of the two countries will build on the collective and complementary research capabilities in sustainable manufacturing technologies in SIMTech, and expertise in the areas of sustainable development and design combining real world experience with a strong academic and research background in GIS. Specific research collaboration areas include joint R&D in sustainable manufacturing technologies, renewable energy and fuel cells, clean production process technologies, clean technologies, reverse logistics and green supply chains, intelligent testing and diagnostics and sustainable design for remanufacturing. The launch of environmentally friendly eyewear, Linkskin, light-weight, paper-thin eye glasses that are almost 100% recycled plastic, was met with overwhelming response at the Milan International Optics, Optometry and Ophthalmology Exhibition 2008 or MIDO Event and garnering many international design awards at the prestigious iF (International Forum) design competition in 2006 and the Red Dot design in 2007. Nanyang Optical also successfully penetrated into new, eco-conscious European markets like Germany, France and Italy. Another notable green project is with Grenidea Technologies, a sustainable material company to develop food packaging employing sustainable manufacturing. Using life cycle engineering techniques, SIMTech assessed Grenideas product life cycle and successfully improve the product development lead time and reduce manufacturing costs. The result is more cost-efficient biodegradable food packaging made from agricultural waste and empty fruit brunch of oil palms that can be designed into different shapes, sizes and degradation periods. The product is a global success. They are available in J Sainsbury in UK, COOP in Sweden and Coles in Australia and in selected supermarkets in Singapore. Recently, the flagship product of Grenidea, AgroResin(R) won the most votes for the category Environmentally Sustainable Packaging in last year's Singapore Packaging Star Award organised by the Packaging Council of Singapore (PCS).