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Only Connect: The greening of electronics manufacturing (Going Green #7)
It has been said, by no less of a philosopher than Kermit the Frog, that it ain’t easy being green. However, for many forward thinkers the very idea of being green is essential to the survival of the human race. For others it is a vague thing that, yeah, maybe it’s going to be a problem if we don’t protect the environment some day.
There is also another set of people who are thinking, “I’m worried about the environment but my job involves making things, so we perpetuate the problem of taking natural resources from the earth.”
You’ll notice I have not mentioned connectors or interconnects yet, but rest assured I will. I think electronics manufacturing is the very best industry to be in right now. In my view the greenest.
The products we are working on now are more efficient, greener, smaller and take fewer natural resources than ever before. What is more, in the future we will get better and better at making technology work for us.
With this in mind, here are a few products out now that have been used in real, environmentally-friendly applications:
- Harting Connectors in Wind Turbines
- Overshot Connectors in water turbines
- Ecolibrium line of bio-based plasticizers from Dow Wire
- HUBER+SUHNER’s Enviroflex
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