Development of Environmentally Friendly Products

Tokyo Seimitsu Group continues to provide products of high accuracy and high quality to achieve sustainable development of society. The Group is also working to maintain sustainable global environment by reducing the environmental impact of the products. For product development, by establishing the standard for reduction of environmental impact in the "Tokyo Seimitsu Engineering Standard"*1, we make it an obligation to consider environmental impact with regard to the entire process from manufacture to disposal of products by attempting to decrease raw materials, reduce the consumption of power, water and hazardous chemicals during operation and implementing meticulous management of hazardous substances contained in product materials. As our products are production equipment, they operate for a long time and have a long service life. Accordingly, we are particularly focused on reducing the environmental impact, which is mostly dependent on the hours of use by the customer. Also, considering the 24/7 use of the products in clean rooms and constant temperature measurement rooms, we are striving to reduce the product footprint and consumption of compressed air and vacuum. To realize environmentally friendly products, not only direct departments, such as development, design, purchasing, production, manufacturing, and shipping, but also indirect departments, such as planning, sales, administration, and services, work together. Collaboration with suppliers and other external partners is also vital. We will continue the effort to spread awareness of the importance of environmental consideration by implementing internal training and strengthen the collaboration with external partners.

※1Tokyo Seimitsu Engineering Standard: Abbreviated as TES, it is a company regulation that determines the rules applicable to development, design, production, production control, quality management and service as well as environmental management. It encompasses regulations, specifications, standards, criteria and guidelines with binding force and coercive power.

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) in Product Development

Being aware of our responsibilities for the environmental impact in the entire life cycle of the products, in 2016, Technical Working Group (Technical WG) of the CSR Promotion Committee unifi ed the calculation standards for converting the environmental impact in each stage from production to disposal of products to CO2 emissions (Life Cycle Assessment: LCA*2). It is essential to assess the CO2 emissions determined by this method in product development. By performing the LCA of existing products under production at the same time, we improve existing products and evaluate products under development and new products in comparison with existing products.

※2LCA (Life Cycle Assessment): Life cycle assessment is a method to quantitatively assess the environmental impact in each stage of the entire life cycle (procurement, manufacture, transportation, sale, use, disposal, reuse) of a product or a service.