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Environmental Design Guidelines

Integrating environmental lifecycle thinking into product development

There are many sound reasons why environmental issues should be considered in the design and product development process. They help us meet customer and legislative requirements. They put us in a stronger competitive and commercial position. They play a major part in ensuring we maintain innovative credibility. But most of all, they help us achieve our ambition of reducing the overall environmental impact of our products across their lifecycle. For these reasons, SKF works proactively to ensure that this approach is integrated into product development at every level.

Supported by design guidelines and tools for environmental assessment, a development process that takes us all the way from scoping through to validation and hand-over has been devised. Within this framework, key issues including weight, recyclability, legislative requirements, biodegradability and much more are considered. From this process, concepts can be defined and then chosen to reflect environmental targets before design optimisation work starts.
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