Nov 20, 2008

Update of the world-wide, unique electronics database, applicable for eco-design and the EuP Directive

Electronics is a field of continuous change and innovation. Products are available in numerous facets and shapes, using various electronic components and electric systems. A challenge for Life Cycle Assessment datasets – a challenge that PE INTERNATIONAL and LBP-GaBi (University of Stuttgart) have now met. The new electronics extension database is fully updating the existing version, known and implemented by our customers for many years.

The new electronics extension database facilitates modular modeling of almost any populated printed wiring board. It goes without saying that it also accounts for the requirements of WEEE, RoHS and EuP. You can choose from typical, average electronic components, characterised by name (e.g. SOT323), housing description (e.g. 0201, 1608 etc.), mass, size, pin number and lead free tag. You will also have access to various FR4 substrates, solder pastes (with lead and lead free), mechanical parts (such as shielding or connectors) and datasets for average assembly lines. Pre-defined exemplary models allow electronic boards to be modeled in a snap. In combination with our other databases, you can model and analyse entire electronic products conveniently and efficiently.

For those of you who want to delve into more detail, PE INTERNATIONAL also offers parametric models of semiconductors, TFT panels, connectors and other electronic components.

The new electronics database is also compatible with GaBi DfX, the software for compliance and sustainable product development.

Nov 14, 2008

Tesco enhances climate profile

Tesco had announced that it will take on the challenge of operating a low carbon business. This corporate target has been made clear by Sir Terry Leahy – Tesco’s CEO. Tesco’s goal is to reduce the carbon emissions of the company by 50% by 2020. To achieve this ambitious goal carbon footprint reduction must be incorporate in all business processes including the design of the stores. By setting up an agreed set of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to be used by all interior design managers, the base for comparing different products has been established.

GaBi i-report – Greening the supply chain

GaBi i-report - an extension to the world-renowned GaBi 4 software – will assist you and your suppliers in proactively reducing the carbon footprints associated with your organization’s products, processes and supply chain.

With GaBi i-report, you can evaluate the environmental impacts of alternative products before they go into production. Grant the design experts, within or outside of your company, with the environmental background to select the best alternative now and better design in the future.

Nov 10, 2008

Easy listening about climate change

Easy listening about climate change is provided by the German journal ‘Logistik heute / Logistics today’: they have published an audio book describing the changes in the sector forced by climate protection requirements. Logistic companies as well as consultants (like PE INTERNATIONAL) describe approaches to handle the new challenges in strategy and practice and even profit from the issue.