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Global Product Assessment

To develop environmentally friendly products globally, we sought to ensure consistency between product assessment carried out by Anritsu Group companies in Japan and the assessment criteria of Design for Environment (DfE) followed by Anritsu Company (U.S.A.). We implemented global product assessments in fiscal 2014.

Operational Procedure

Global product assessments are conducted in three stages that must be concluded prior to commercialization: Product Assessment I (Target Setting), in which targets for the product development process are clarified; Product Assessment II (Design Review), in which progress on attaining the targets is reviewed; and Product Assessment III (Evaluation), in which a final assessment on the product is conducted. During Product Assessment III, a third-party evaluation is conducted by Quality Department and other entities.

Global Product Assessment

Details of Product Assessments

The product assessment consists of both basic items and assessment items. For the basic items, designers use a reference product* to assess level/degree of improvement in terms of volume, mass, disassembly time, power consumption, and WEEE recycling rate.

For the assessment items, designers quantitatively assess the status of product design with regard to reduction of environmental impact at each stage of the product life cycle, including manufacturing, distribution, use, and disposal. (The followings are the details of the assessment items)

At the completion of development, designers use Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to check CO2 emissions at each process of the product life cycle. The results of product assessments and LCA are used in the design of next-generation development products to help designers develop products with lower environmental impact.

* The reference product is a conventional product with functions and performance that are nearly equivalent to those of the product being assessed.

Resource saving; Reduced load during manufacturing
  • Reduced volume and mass
  • Designed for component reuse
  • Expanded functionality and longer operating life
  • Use of recycled paper for operation manuals
  • Reduction of consumable supplies
  • Reduction of surface treatment
  • Reduction of difficult-to-process materials
Reduced harmful substances
  • Elimination of banned substances in products
  • Reduction of substances subject to RoHS Directive
  • Compliance with RoHS Directive
  • Reduction of other harmful substances
Reduced load in physical distribution
  • Reduction of packing materials
  • Use of recycled paper for packing materials
  • Ease of transport after collection
Reduced load during use
  • Reduced power consumption during operation
  • Inclusion of a standby mode
  • Designed to lower power consumption
  • Clear instructions on power-saving functions
Reduced load at time of disposal
  • Fewer parts
  • Reduced use of difficult-to-recycle materials
  • Designed for easy dismantling and disassembly
  • Identification of the material on resin components
  • Reduced variety of materials and use of common materials
  • Recycle labeling on batteries
  • Response to WEEE Directive
  • Response to Chinese RoHS

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