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Integrating toxicity reduction strategies for materials and components into product design: a case study on utility meters.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23192989     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Using RIO Tronics utility meter products as an industrial case study, the numeric Fraunhofer Toxic Potential Indicator (TPI) assessment tool is used to determine high impact materials with the aim of reducing the content of inherently toxic substances in these products. However, because product redesign with alternative materials affects entire components, overall component toxicity potential must also be explored. To achieve this, material TPI scores are aggregated into component TPI scores by 2 methods: 1) the Sum-Weighted Component TPI method, which considers the mass of materials in the component to assign an overall score, and 2) the Max Component TPI method, which scores the component with the highest impact material. With consideration of uncertainties from materials' toxicity information and mass estimates, key results from both scoring methods prioritized components that contain acrylonitrile-based polymers, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and stainless steel. Furthermore, an alternative materials assessment is carried out to identify less-toxic substitutes to meet cost and technical constraints. Substitute materials such as Al alloys for stainless steel and high-density polyethylene for PVC show promise for a combination of toxicity reduction and cost-effectiveness. The new screening methodology described can help product designers systematically benchmark toxicity potential in parallel to cost and functionality.
Carl W Lam; Seong-Rin Lim; Oladele A Ogunseitan; Andrew A Shapiro; Jean-Daniel M Saphores; Andrew Brock; Julie M Schoenung
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.     Date:  2013-02-21
Journal Detail:
Title:  Integrated environmental assessment and management     Volume:  9     ISSN:  1551-3793     ISO Abbreviation:  Integr Environ Assess Manag     Publication Date:  2013 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-03-26     Completed Date:  2013-09-13     Revised Date:  2014-01-20    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101234521     Medline TA:  Integr Environ Assess Manag     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  319-28     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2012 SETAC.
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MeSH Terms
Ceramics / toxicity
Consumer Product Safety
Electrical Equipment and Supplies*
Equipment Design
Materials Testing / methods*
Metals / toxicity
Polymers / toxicity
Grant Support
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Ceramics; 0/Metals; 0/Polymers

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