MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC Changes for the Better

Automation – support for recycling and environmental protection

08.11.20233 min read

The European Environment Agency (EEA) published a report on the state of the European market for secondary raw materials in January 2023. According to the experts' findings, they are crucial to achieving a circular economy, as the secondary use of high-quality recycled materials minimises the need to extract natural resources.

Efficient recycling is therefore not only beneficial from an ecological point of view, but also from a financial one. And how can this development be supported by automation solutions?

Modern automation solutions are used at every stage of waste management – from collection to final processing. With innovative products and systems, the process can be much more efficient and cost-effective, with much less impact on the environment.

Modern solutions for recycling

Intelligent drive solutions can convert existing plants into modern and efficient recycling plants without much technical effort. For example, existing shredder plants equipped with outdated motors and fluid starters or hydraulic couplings can be easily converted to low-maintenance frequency converters with three-phase asynchronous motors. This not only reduces energy, wear and maintenance costs, but also increases overall plant efficiency.

Recycling and sustainability with Mitsubishi Electric

Developing technologies that facilitate the recovery of raw materials is part of Mitsubishi Electric's sustainability vision and its commitment to climate neutrality. As part of this effort, the Hyper Cycle Systems Laboratory was established, where engineers from various Mitsubishi Electric companies develop technologies to improve recycling efficiency. The experts develop solutions to recover as much material as possible from end-of-life products while keeping the resulting secondary raw materials as pure as possible.

The Mitsubishi Electric Group is also committed to increasing the use of recycled materials. The company is committed to ensuring that the components of the equipment it manufactures are reused – among other things, it has developed a special recycling programme for this purpose. In its Sustainability Vision 2050, Mitsubishi Electric has also stated that it aims to maximise the efficiency of the use of resources such as plastics and metals that are generated as waste in production.

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