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At Qisda, we strive to continue and fulfill our Corporate Sustainable Development (CSD) vision as “Be an innovator in designing and manufacturing of electronic products, elevate the life quality of our fellow humans, and be friendly to Mother Earth” – which is reflected through our efforts in creating green products. In the attempt to advocate green sustainable products, we identify several stages to instill the concept of green thinking from the organizational environment to the product’s actual surroundings. We also care about the impacts that our products have on the environment after being delivered. It is noticeable that the green thinking concept is embedded within the complete life cycle of a product.

In order to reduce the environmental impacts presented in a product’s life cycle, we believe that the elements of green design must be instilled from the preliminary stage of a product design, covering the product concept and its actual surroundings. The most effective approach is seeking the collaboration between design expertise, quality assurance procedure, and the R&D procedure so as to initiate the evaluation and modification in various design stages.

Looking ahead to the year 2015, we will continue to promote Green Design 555 (energy saving 5%, material reduction 5%, carbon reduction 5%) and incorporate green design in our product development procedure by applying ISO 14006 Environmental Management Systems - Guidelines for Incorporating Ecodesign. Based on the solid foundation built since 20121, we have been rewarded with great outcomes in 2014 — energy saving 28.82%, material reduction 35.95%2, carbon reduction 27.84%3.

1.The Performance of “Green Design 555” in 2012 has achieved Energy Saving by 17.72%, 3R Rate increasing by 20.06%, Material Reduction by 17.12%, and Carbon Reduction by 11.68%; all have exceeded the original target of 5%, comparing to the performance of the base year 2010.
2.The reduction aspect covers reducing the volume and weight of products and packages and reducing the component volume of its products.
3.Since the company is a professional OEM that produces electronic products for brands and other clients, the calculation of product carbon reduction does not include usage and disposal phases.


The Advancement of Green Products of Qisda

Incorporating Design Concepts


Ever since the introduction of IEC 62430 (Environmentally Conscious Design for Electrical and Electronic Products) in 2010, we have been advocating the idea of product life cycle, stressing the importance of green design thinking from the preliminary research and development stage. In addition, we are aware of the environmental impacts and risks brought upon by a product and components used in different stages of its life cycle. Therefore, we emphasize on simplified design to reduce impacts and risks to the lowest level. In 2013, we started to incorporate ecodesign in our quality control procedure, with the intention of offering environmentally-friendly products of great functionality. To carry out this incorporating eco-design structure, ISO 14006 Guidelines for incorporating ecodesign was introduced. IEC 62430 Environmentally Conscious Design for Electrical and Electronic Products, ISO 14001 Environmental Management System, and ISO 9001 Quality Management have all been integrated into and applied in our R&D design procedure.

In 2013, several of our products have been certified with ISO 14006 Incorporating Ecodesign and IEC 62430 Environmentally Conscious Design for Electrical and Electronic Products and Systems, including monitors, projectors, smart phones, scanners, multimedia players, and lighting devices.

Qisda Incorporating Ecodesign Structure

I. Ecodesign Guidelines/Directions
Qisda puts emphasis on green design thinking from the preliminary stage of its product design. It is crucial to evaluate the environmental impacts and risks of products and components used in all stages of its life cycle. To provide clear directions for R&D staff to follow in green design and relevant manufacturing procedures for selection, Qisda has created its own green design guidelines encompassing past design experience and current condition to be implemented across its business units.

During the preliminary stage in R&D, Qisda specifically defined four directions for its green product design: Reducing Material Use, Hazardous Substances Management, Saving Energy and Recovery.

(1) Reducing Material Use
Qisda puts emphasis on reducing the volume of product and packaging, minimizing the product weight and numbers of parts used. Besides, we give higher priority in utilizing modulated designs in our production. In 2014, the average weight reduction rate has achieved 35.95% in average for all production lines.

(2) Hazardous Substances Management
Under the assumption that chemical substances that hold potential threats to environmental safety may be used in products or in the production process, Qisda has formulated a ‘Hazardous Material Control Checklist’ in accordance with related international regulations and customer requirements to address this concern. Qisda also employs a systematic management system to ensure that its products are complied with international regulations and customer requests through a strict control of components sample approval and thorough examinations conducted in its final products. In addition, Qisda has developed a Hazardous Chemical Use Reduction Plan to gradually reduce the use of hazardous chemical substances each year. The plan would also help to lower the impacts on human body and the environment during the distribution, usage and disposal stage.

Since the beginning of 2008, Qisda’s manufacturing sites in Taiwan, Suzhou, and Mexico has met the standards and passed the IECQ QC 080000 Hazardous Substance Process Management System Certification.

(3) Saving Energy
Qisda stresses the importance of increasing energy efficiency4 and reducing the power consumption during product usage, standby mode and shutdown. In the meantime, Qisda compares the data of the current model to that of the previous model to confirm whether energy saving performance is reached. Qisda is committed to complying with international standards, such as ErP, TCO, and Energy Star. Hence we have constantly examined our performance to seek rooms for further improvement. In 2014, an increase of 28.82% in energy efficiency was observed for all production lines.

(4) Product Disposal
We realized it is essential to consider the recovery rate and disassembly difficulty in the early design phase. We are inclined to avoid hard-to-disassemble materials or manufacturing processes, such as the use of gluing, heat staking, and embedding procedures when assembling products. The plastic parts weighed greater than 25g used in our products or samples should be accompanied with labels of material description, avoiding mixture of two different plastic materials.

To ensure that the product would meet the recovery rate defined by our corporate, Qisda requires a product to go through the recovery assessment conducted in our Disassembly Analysis Platform in the midst of its design process. A product will be sent to the next design phase only if its recovery rate is deemed passing the required threshold.
 

4.The calculation of energy efficiency is the ratio of power output versus power input.

Qisda Product Life Cycle Thinking

II. Ecodeisgn Procedure
At Qisda, we make every effort to fully implement the concept of ecodesign in all products. We not only meet the specific demands from our customers/retail destination, but also constantly engaged in endeavors of material reduction, energy saving, and carbon reduction. Our product design procedure can be divided into three phases:

I. Preliminary Design Stage:
(1) Confirmation of the requirement from customers and regulations: Confirm the edition of regulations referred by customers and the retail destination. The regulatory requirements and customer demands are submitted through the corporate system and passed on to the subsequent functions in order to conduct further management and control.

(2) Inclusion of the development specifications: Transform the regulations referred by customers and the retail destination to our design specifications as design input in the preliminary stage of product development.

II. Mid-Term Design Stage:
(1) Design Audit: Carefully examine the difference between the product prototype and its original design. It helps to confirm the compliance with all requirements and to identify quality issues.

(2) Ecodesign Ranking Evaluation: Besides meeting the demands from customers and the retail destination, we also act in accordance with international regulations. The ecodesign of a product will be ranked (gold, silver and bronze) to fortify environmental-awareness. Also, an analysis on its design strength and weakness will be provided for next-generation products as references.

III. Final Design Stage:

(1) Hazardous Substances Management and Control: Based on customer demands, provide relevant report and audit to verify the conformity of all components to relevant requirements.

(2) Product Recovery Rate/Disassembly Report: Generate the recovery rate and disassembly analysis report by using the internal WEEE platform.

(3) Life Cycle Evaluation: The information on carbon emission is collected through the carbon management platform in Qisda. Right after a product’s mass production, the carbon footprint report and recommended carbon reduction approaches will be provided.

(4) Green Design Performance: The evaluation and comparison between two generations will be conducted to measure the achievement to the targets of energy saving, material reduction and carbon reduction.

III. Environmental Risk-Assessment of Products
In addition to meeting the demands from customers and retail destinations, Qisda proactively seeks for simplified designs to cut down excessive manufacturing procedures and components used. Annual audits are administered to analyze the environmental impacts of individual product category, including the design specifications/manufacturing procedures between present and future generations of products. Further analysis on environmental impacts and risks from a product’s stages of its life cycle, as well as the comparison between current and last generations of products and a study of the in-house product vs. the leading product are all conducted to generate environmentally-friendly and economical solutions for future implementation.

IV. Integrated Information Server
In 2010, Qisda established the benchmark carbon management platform in the industry. It integrated the BOM system to collect information on materials and manufacturing parameters. Before a product’s mass production, such information can be entered into the Simapro system to create carbon footprint report. This innovative approach greatly shortens the time needed to generate carbon footprint report, indicating an immediate access to the report right after the mass production instead of a 6-month waiting period. It also synthesizes collected information to generate carbon footprint report across product lines and generations. As a result, we have been able to include carbon footprint report in 100% of our main products since 2012. In the future, we look forward to integrating the information on energy consumption from a product’s design stage to its disposal by using WEEE information server. We trust that a complete picture of a product’s carbon footprint from cradle to grave would benefit our work on carbon reductions.

In 2013, we successfully launched the product environmental regulations information platform to provide coherent references on both customer and corporate requirements. The system smartly filters the requirements to provide our design team with mandatory and optional design requisites. During the late design stage, it also presents an audit list to ensure that our product design answers the demands from both customers and the corporate. As a matter of fact, this novel process has saved us from the cost of repetitive work.

Consequently, to reduce the delivery time of information and repetitive work among our business units, we will continue our efforts in synthesizing and incorporating resources available within the corporate so as to make the greatest use of the information collected.

Green Talent Training and Development

For newly recruited R&D staff, we offer trainings on green product design awareness regularly. Trainees are introduced with simple games that shed light on how to incorporate green design elements into the functionality design of a product . Further, real case-study, illustrating the process of Qisda Green Design, is also presented to enhance their learning experience.

For senior R&D staff, we provide functional courses that meet the needs of the target business section or certain plans in development. Internal documents and SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) are provided covering relevant knowledge and technologies to be delivered through software platforms. Those courses include Guided Reading on International Regulations, Life Cycle Inventory Analysis, Eco-Design, Design Methodology, Product Disassembly Analysis, and Software Platform Applications.

To strengthen the influence from R&D managers, we offer green management courses frequently. The courses are aimed to help them understand and identify the drawback under current management procedures. Therefore, a refined management plan can be formed to deal with the utmost need of each product line.


 
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