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Guidelines Designing with Recycled Plastics

We are proud to present our new Guidelines for Designing with Recycled Plastics.

In this Guidelines Designing with Recycled Plastics, the most important tips and tricks are shared, for the application of recycled plastic in (high-end) injection moulding products. The Guidelines are the result of a chain project for the Dutch Plastics Industry Association initiated by Philips and Partners for Innovation. The idea for this project started in the working group ‘Recyclate and Product Design’ of the Dutch Plastic Value Chain Agreement.

Six showcases for inspiration 
In the Caseguide Designing with Recycled Plastics, six leading companies from Dutch Industry share their experiences with the application of recycled plastics. Every case is linked to a video (in English). “By sharing this informatie with designers, Research &Development staff, suppliers and plastic converters, we hope to inspire the rest of the market to use more recycled plastics in high-end products“, says Ingeborg Gort-Duurkoop, advisor Sustainable Innovations at Partners for Innovation.

The Guidelines Design is an MJA3 project supported by Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO Nederland) and The Dutch Federation of Rubber and Plastics Industry (NRK), in cooperation with Philips and developed by Partners for Innovation.

Download: Guidelines for Designing with Recycled Plastics

Caseguide Designing with Recycled Plastics

Guidelines Designing with Recycled Plastics

Guidelines Designing with Recycled Plastics

In the Guidelines ‘Designing with Recycled Plastics’ the most important tips and tricks are shared for the application of recycled plastic in injection moulding products.

In this project, Partners for Innovation worked together with six leading Dutch companies: AKG, Cumapol, Curver, Océ, Philips en Schoeller Allibert, to develop guidelines and case video’s. The Guidelines describe the whole process for the application of recycled plastics. By sharing this information with designers, R&D staff, suppliers and plastic converters, we hope to inspire the rest of the market to use more recycled plastics in high-end products.

As a result of this project we also published a case guide. In the case guide ‘Designing with Recycled Plastics’, companies share their experiences with the application of recycled plastics. Every case is linked to a video (in English).

The Guidelines are the result of a chain project (NRK-MJA-3), initiated by Philips and Partners for Innovation. The idea for this project started in the working group ‘Recyclate and Product Design’ of the Dutch Plastic Value Chain Agreement.

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Register now for DRIVE Festival, The annual Design Research & Innovation Festival for designers, researchers, and their colleagues working in business and industry, government and the Top Sectors as part of the Dutch Design Week.

Be there for our CROSS-OVER and CIRCULAR ECONOMY programme, with almost 50 presentations and interactive sessions. Get ready to be updated on state of the art research for innovation and join in the discussion! DRIVE is in English.

Wednesday 21 October – 10:00-17.00  CROSS-OVERS
Meet professors on meaningful connectedness, get introduced to Design Innovations for Health and Energy, discover Ultra Personalized Products and Services, meet with design strategists of Kone and Philips, learn more about new design tools and business models and explore the CLICKNL programmes on Cross-overs.

Thursday 22 October – 10:00-17:00  CIRCULAR ECONOMY 
Creating business through circular design: Is it true that designers are the real game changers in the development towards a circular economy? Business models, design strategies, workshops and inspiring highlights from the IOP-IPCR research programme and applied research projects on sustainability, as well as results from the CLICKNL | DESIGN CIRCO project pass in review.

Check out our full programme!

DRIVE participant fees:
One day: € 75 (incl. VAT), two days: € 125 (incl. VAT).
This fee covers entrance to the DRIVE festival including coffee, tea, lunch and drinks, as well as a ticket to the Dutch Design Week and Mind the step exhibition.


Circular Design Class: for Designers that Last

Are you curious about the circular economy and what your role as a designer will be in a circular world? Would you like to apply circular design principles in your work, but does putting them into practice seem difficult? If so, we would like to invite you to participate in the Circular Design Class!

During this one day course you will be taught the principles of circular design, practice their practical application and gain insight into your role as a designer in developing circular products and services. 

Organisation: Circle Economy, ClickNL, Partners for Innovation, TU Delft

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Training: European Ecodesign Code of Practice

The European Ecodesign Practice was launched on 18 February 2014. The purpose of the standard is to strengthen the competitiveness of the Dutch manufacturing industry. On 3 October 2014 Partners for Innovation provides a training for FME members on the use of this standard.  

The norm: “Mechanical products – Methodology for reduction of environmental impacts in product design and development” CEN / TS 16524, is ideally suited for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and their suppliers to evaluate and improve an existing mechanical product. The methodology was developed by FME and Metaalunie in collaboration with NEN and with input from NRK Federation. The standard is issued as Dutch Code of Practice by NEN.

The training is aimed at R&D managers, industrial designers, product developers and manufacturers. During training you learn to work according to the methodology of this Ecodesign standard and immediately get to work to reduce the environmental impact of you own products.

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DAF Trucks

DAF Trucks – a subsidiary of PACCAR – is a leading truck producer in Europe. DAF is continuously working on reducing the environmental impact of their products and activities. Since 2007 Partners for Innovation has been offering a a practical Ecodesign training for engineers and designers.

All design engineers working at DAF Trucks have to become familiar with the concept and tools of Ecodesign. Since 2007 we have trained more than 200 engineers of DAF trucks to apply Ecodesign tools through practical exercises. After the two-day training the engineers are able to apply the tools in their own projects. The training is provided by two product design specialists of Partners for Innavation.

Ecodesign LCA Tool
Partners for Innovation developed a DAF Ecodesign LCA tool, to measure and compare the environmental impact and total cost of ownership of current DAF components and new concepts. The impact is calculated over the total life cycle: materials, production processes, the use phase and end-of-life. The Ecodesign LCA tool is an integrated part of the development process.

EcoDesign Award
Part of the training is the “Ecodesign Award”, presented by Ron Borsboom, director Product Development. For the award all participants work on a case from their own practice. The training has delivered several implemented products and components for the new Euro6 truck, resulting in substantial reduction of the environmental impact and cost savings.

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EcoDesign: Driver for Innovation

On Tuesday October 29th, the Syntens North Holland Materials Circle organised a meeting about Ecodesign in the metal and plastics industry. Emiel Hanekamp from Partners for Innovation was invited to give a presentation about Ecodesign as driver for successful innovation.

EcoDesign is the systematic inclusion of environmental aspects in product development. Chain thinking and collaboration in the in the chain are central to the approach Partners for Innnovation takes. Hanekamp presented some successful examples, including the adjustable spoiler by Daf Trucks, the Blueveyor baggage belt by Vanderlande Industries and Brammetje Bammetje, the plastic bread bag by Oerlemans.

The other speakers at the meeting in Haarlem were:

  • Mark Lepelaar from NPSP over Nature Based Composites for automotives
  • Jeroen op ten Berg from BGO Design about beautiful products and return.

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NL Agency – NRK

Three Dutch plastics manufacturers have developed three new products that reduce environmental impact. The products were developed during the project ‘Durable Plastic Products’, organised by Partners for Innovation and the Dutch Rubber and Plastic Industry Federation (NRK), as part of the long-term agreement on energy efficiency (MJA). Oerlemans Plastics wraps bread in smaller portions, Timmerije investigates alternative materials for an energy efficient conveyor belt and Schoeller Arca Systems produces a lighter and foldable crate for supply to supermarkets.

At the end of June 2012, the three innovation were presented:

  • Less food waste: Oerlemans Plastics worked with its customer Beko Packaging on a smarter bread packaging to reduce disposal of bread by consumers.
  • Replacement harmful substances: Timmerije and her client Vanderlande Industries conducted research into alternative materials for plastic parts of the Crossorter, an energy-efficient conveyor belt for distribution.
  • Material and energy reduction: Schoeller Arca Systems designed a plastic logistics system for the retail market together with an FMCG client .

To improve sustainability in the chain, the three plastic manufacturers worked throughout the project closely with their clients. Partners for Innovation guided the process with various activities such as: training team members in the field of EcoDesign, mapping out technical developments by topic, research for suitable sustainable plastics and flame retardants, conducting environmental analysis such as life cycle analysis ( LCA) and managing the design process. NL Agency financed the project. NRK took care of the coordination with its members.

Sustainable Product Design
Product innovations can significantly improve environmental and social impact during the lifecycle. The product design phase is the ideal time to investigate opportunities to make the chain more sustainable. Partners for Innovation helps companies to optimize products and processes, among other things through Ecodesign training, life cycle analysis (LCA) and the implementation of cradle to cradle strategies.

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DAF Roof Spoiler

DAF Trucks introduces a lighter roof spoiler with a greater adjustment range. The new adjustment mechanism allows the driver to easily adjust the spoiler at the optimum height.

The new roof spoiler fits perfectly within the DAF Advanced Transport Efficiency (ATe) program. ATe wants to further reduce fuel consumption and emissions and maximize the efficiency of the trucks.

The roof spoiler is one of the results of the Ecodesign Training, which Partners for Innovation carried out for the fourth year for DAF Trucks. The spoiler designed by Willy Thijssen and Harry Giebelen also won the adjoining DAF EcoDesign Award. The purpose of the EcoDesign Award is to encourage DAF designers to make their designs as environmentally friendly as possible, while also considering aspects such as quality, cost reduction and creativity.

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Contact: Siem Haffmans

Dorel Ecodesign training

Maxi-Cosi, Quinny and BébéConfort are well known brands of Dorel Industries, the largest European producer of car seats and strollers for children. Partners for Innovation executed a DOREL Ecodesign training for a group of 25 Dorel designers and engineers in cradle to cradle and ecodesign. According to Dorel, Partners for Innovation trained a group of Dorel designers and engineers in cradle to cradle and ecodesign. Partners for Innovation has a lot of experience with training programs for sustainable product development and was therefore the logical partner to execute the training.

Next step is to develop a “best in class” product inspired by cradle to cradle principles and using the ecodesign tools used in the training.

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