Ms. Eva Martínez (CTME), moderator of the Product Category Rules (PCR) for the assessment of the life-cycle environmental performance of "Machine-tools for drilling, boring or milling metal" under the International EPD® System, has presented in the 19th Machine Tool and Manufacturing Technologies Congress, the communication “Environmental communication rules for milling machines: a big step towards harmonization”, from her experience of over 8 years working with machine-tool manufacturers, applying the LCA methodology, and from her experience in the development of the PCRs for this product category.
The 19th Machine Tool and Manufacturing Technologies Congress took place at San Sebastian (Spain) from 12 to 14 June 2013. This biannual Congress is a meeting point for industry (manufacturers and users), research centres and universities to advance manufacturing technologies. The 19th edition focused on the EU priorities for R&D programmes linked to Manufacturing, including the topic Sustainability, session where this communication was presented (www.congresomh.com).
The PCR document 44214: Machine-tools for drilling, boring or milling machine under the International EPD® System provides a common set of rules for machine-tool manufacturers who wish to inform their stakeholders about the environmental performance of their products, through environmental product declarations or EPDs. That is, the document defines the type of information to be given about a milling machine from a life-cycle perspective, as well as how this information shall be generated, in the context of global harmonization.
CTME, founded in 1992, began operating as an Association for Research and Technology Centre in Miranda de Ebro (Spain), was converted to the current Technology Centre Foundation in 2007. Today, its task is to give solutions, responsibly and sustainably, to the competitive needs through the R&D and innovation, pursuing to become a Centre of Excellence in environmental technologies, national benchmark in eco-design and leader in environment for technology services, acting in a stable framework of national and international collaboration with other institutions and agencies of R&D&I (www.ctme.es)