Environmentally Friendly Products
Since obtaining ISO 14001 certification in 1999, Daifuku has endeavored to be environmentally conscious in all aspects of its manufacturing processes, including engineering, development, procurement, and production. With the establishment of the Environmental Enhancement Management Committee in 2010, we strive to upgrade and expand our environmentally friendly products in effort to reduce our environmental impact.
Daifuku Eco-Products Certification Program
In November 2012, we began an in-house program to rate and certify the energy and environmental design of our own products.
This program is in line with Daifuku's Environmental Vision 2020, which states as a goal for the year 2020, "Developing and supplying environmentally friendly products and services that comply with our environmental standards." We rate every product manufactured within the Daifuku Group in terms of: energy saving, recyclable, lightweight, long life, resource saving, water saving, low noise, clean water preservation, and harmful substance reduced. Products that meet a certain standard are certified as a Daifuku Eco-Product.
To obtain a valid and trustworthy rating from multiple perspectives, the screenings are done by the Eco-Product Committee, comprised of directors or chief operating officers from different operations.
Mini load AS/RS (R-F/N) helps conserve energy
Daifuku's mini load AS/RS is appropriate for the storage and retrieval of items in containers and cardboard boxes and is widely used in distribution centers and factories of various industries, as a system designed to promptly and accurately supply "necessary items in the right quantities where and when required." Daifuku upgraded the mini load AS/RS, reducing the weight by 15%. The motor size was also decreased, helping reduce electricity consumption.
Clean Stocker (CLS/D-6000, D-8050, D-8050L) uses regenerative chargers
A large number of the Clean Stocker storage systems have been used for clean rooms, a dust-free environment where flat-panel displays are manufactured. We enhanced energy conservation by upgrading the HID non-contact power supply system, with the aim of significantly reducing overall power consumption, while adding a regenerative charging capability. As stacker cranes require a tiny but constant trickle of power in standby mode, the upgraded Clean Stockers use the regenerated power to additionally save energy.
E-DIP increases painting quality and lowers costs
Unlike conventional chain conveyor systems, the E-DIP carrier flexibly adjusts the vehicle body angle while immersing and removing it from the dipping tank. In doing so, the E-DIP improves the coating quality, reduces liquid lost from the tank, and helps prevent liquid waste due to inadvertent mixing with other liquids. The E-DIP also enables smaller tanks, which shortens conveyor lines, and actively uses reusable materials.
Granada, drive-through car wash machine
The Granada, an environmentally friendly drive-through car wash machine, boasts a 30% improvement in its washing throughput and uses more sponge brushes, which increases cleaning capabilities while producing less noise. From an environmental standpoint, the Granada uses only 34 liters of water per vehicle, the industry's lowest amount at regular operating speeds. In addition, the Granada uses LED lighting in its front mask, which reduces nighttime standby electricity consumption by 14%, and is equipped with an eco-friendly mode that reduces electricity usage by about 25%. It also uses biodegradable detergent that has a reduced volume of normal-hexane extract.
GSPECT, gate-type car wash machine
The GSPECT, an environmentally friendly gate-type car wash machine, uses only 41 liters of water per vehicle at regular operating speeds while maintaining the same cleaning capabilities. Also, by redesigning the entire machine, the size of the machine was reduced as well as the rail length, which was shortened by 0.5 meters compared to normal machines to 7.8 meters.