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There have always been core elements that consumers are looking for in the manufacturing industry. Is the product user-friendly? Is it built to last? Can it be used across multiple applications? However, as our world continues to make more concerted efforts toward becoming environmentally conscious, sustainability has become a central concern. Everything from the processes involved in a product’s production to its ability to cut down on energy usage are now of paramount importance to the modern consumer.
Today, the use of traditional resources like wood and steel in manufacturing is a cause for global concern. As our population continues to grow, so does the demand for these materials. But the rate of consumption is beginning to outpace our ability to provide these resources. And this doesn’t even factor in the environmentally harmful processes used to extract or mine these materials for market use.
Due to the manufacturing challenges of today’s world, in industries from transportation to wind energy, the need for scalable, sustainable and cost-effective solutions have put composites in the limelight. Not only are they more light-weight and durable compared to their traditional-material counterparts, they are far more economical as well. By using a hypothetical life cycle assessment (LCA) to compare a steel or wooden mechanism to one made of composites, the evidence for composites can be indisputably substantiated.
For example, take a specific component, say the molding of a car. If steel is used for its production, there is significant energy put forth in its manufacture. Once the steel molding is installed, it requires further energy to compensate for its weight. And finally, excessive energy must be used in its disposal. As you can see, throughout its lifespan, the steel molding on a car will contribute to the depletion of minerals and fossil fuels worldwide.
If that same molding was constructed from composite materials instead, the life cycle differs greatly. The materials that composites are usually made from are renewable, making it energy efficient to produce. Because composites are lighter, the car expends less energy compensating for the weight of the molding. And due to its strength and durability, the flexibility of the composite produced molding results in less frequent replacement, with disposal being environmentally-friendly, too. Therefore, across its entire lifespan, the composite molding is far greener than its steel equivalent.
For Magnus Venus Products, the time for the composites industry to become a leader in sustainability is now. Not waiting for someone else to take the reins, MVP is already significantly reducing harmful product practices in a wide variety of industries. By developing more innovative and earth-friendly products with cross-industry applications, such as their adhesive application equipment, MVP is making great strides, not only in quality, but in sustainability as well.
Proud to be making a difference, MVP helps customers achieve success while moving toward a greener future for all. To find out more, visit mvpind.com today!
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