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METTLER TOLEDO Introduces GreenMT Program

January 14, 2015

The GreenMT program has spawned an EcoDesign initiative that targets the full product lifecycle by holistically optimizing the use of materials and energy in manufacturing, reducing energy and resources consumed during use, and mitigating end-of-life impacts. The program comprehensively measures energy and resource usage as a means of determining the company’s global carbon footprint.

The GreenMT program measures energy and resource usage in order to determine the company’s global carbon footprint. The program has spawned an EcoDesign initiative that targets the full product lifecycle. Specific goals are to lower energy, reduce material and resources used in manufacture and maintenance, and promote resource efficiency for customers. All along the value chain – R&D, manufacturing, transportation, point of sale – measurement equipment that has been designed with environmental factors in mind.

A safer, energy and resource-efficient chemical synthesis system for R&D labs:

METTLER TOLEDO applied EcoDesign principles to its latest-generation EasyMax automated chemistry development system. It replaces the traditional round bottom flask with reactor vessels of differing volumes to suit the job in hand. This approach consumes less reagents and solvents, reducing both costs and potential safety risks. The system’s integrated, solid-state heating and cooling system eliminates the previous need for energy-intensive external cooling devices like cryostats, resulting in overall energy savings. Exact temperature and sample control likewise make it possible to downsize reactors and substance amounts.

Lower-power, lighter-weight x-ray inspection for goods manufacturing:

METTLER TOLEDO designed its latest Safeline inspection machine with a more sensitive sensor in combination with an energy-saving x-ray generator, lowering overall power consumption by up to 45 per cent and reducing total cost of ownership. Its effectiveness at measuring and detecting a problem before products leave the factory helps to avoid shipping and possible recalls of defective products, and hence energy wasted in transportation.

Laser measurement incentivizes efficient transportation:

Freight carriers are sometimes accused of ‘moving air’: packages with excessive internal voids, or pallets that no longer fit together perfectly inside trucks and containers. Dimensional weight pricing is the answer; charging consignors not only by the kilogram, but also by the physical size of their shipments. Through awareness of each item’s exact dimensions, the carrier will also know what objects can be used to fill surplus volume. The METTLER TOLEDO range of Cargoscan™ dimensioners use cutting-edge laser range finder technology to measure the length, width and height of parcels, pallets and other goods.

Energy-saving scales at the point of sale:

Front-of-store weighing technology tends to operate in situations where usage intensity fluctuates dramatically in the course of a day and a week due to variation in shopper numbers. Implementing pre-programmed energy-saving modes which ensure that a scale is ready for use, and prevents the equipment using unnecessary power during slack periods. The latest UC Evo line as much as halves power demand to 32-36 watts or even less in when the scales enter sleep or standby mode.

Measurement equipment designed with environmental factors in mind can be a potent driver of solutions that address the global energy challenge.

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