Materials Guide: Sustainable Product Development

Ensuring a Sustainable Product Lifecycle

Part 4/5 of AC’s Guide to Material Selection for Injection-Molded Premium Products

If ensuring a sustainable product lifecycle is one of your product’s requirements, we can help in several ways:

> Identifying suitable recycled and/or recyclable materials
> Testing to minimize yield and field returns

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Identifying Suitable Recycled and/or Recyclable Materials for Sustainability

When the use of recycled or recyclable materials are part of your market requirements to increase sustainability of product development, we analyze materials that can meet the performance and aesthetic priorities your product requires.

There are several design considerations we use to identify suitable recycled materials, including ways to improve the design of your product to accommodate potentially reduced properties of recycled materials. We consider a number of impacts, such as:

> Are the materials used commonly recycled?
> Is it possible to use post-consumer recycled (PCR) material or regrind?
> Can the product (at least 90% pure materials) be easily separated into recyclable waste streams?
> Is there a plan to collect product at end of life?

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Testing to Minimize Yield and Field Returns for Sustainability

Knowing how to test materials and product performance for sustainability is a critical step. Through appropriate testing, we confirm that materials perform to physical and environmental requirements and that products hold up to the use environment and expected service life, to minimize yield and field returns.

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And when you want to go beyond material performance, we can develop cycle testing. AC Hardware Testing Teams and Labs are dedicated to the rapid development of custom test equipment, protocols, fixtures, and instrumentation.

Part 5: Material Selection Case Study of Gaming Controllers

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