Electrical Power and Water Resources
Evolutions in energy consumption will lesson the impact on environment. Our only important source of energy consumption comes from external purchases of electrical power. In total, 15042.5485kWh of external electrical power was consumed in 2015. We have also disclosed our use of water resources.
Tap water being our main water resource, its 2015 consumption was 50,958m3. Constructing a new headquarter and other production points will allow us to recycle eletrical energy and water resources more effectively to fight climate change.
▼ Energy and Water Consumption
▼ Energy and Water Consumption
Proper Waste Disposal
Our main operation and production base is in the Hua Ya Technology Park in Guishan, Taiwan. Being part of the low-pollution industry, the only output from production processes are effluents and wastes. In regards to effluent treatments, we identify domestic and industrial effluents according to the Water Pollution Control Act. No effluents are produced in the production processes, only effluents from the office is treated in the plants before being discharged into the industrial treatment system. We identify and treat wastes in compliance with the Waste Disposal Act. All wastes are first approved by the government before disposal, collection and treatment.
In addition, general and hazardous wastes are properly treated by incineration. General industrial wastes include tailings, scrap metal, goods in process, solder waste and tin dross, wood waste. Recyclables includes paper, iron and aluminum cans and plastic. In line with the Waste Disposal Act, they are treated through sorting, recycling, reuse and commitment.
▼ Waste Disposal
RoHS Compliant Conversion Rate of 81%
We launched a series of policies in 2005 with the goal of completing green production processes and 310 RoHS product conversions. A total of 252 products have been converted by the end of 2015, which is a 81% conversion rate. This is in line with the EU restriction of hazardous substances directive 2002/95/EC, RoHS. RoHS is an environmental directive adopted by the European Union in 2003 that provides specification for green materials in electronic products. We consider this the top standard for material inspection. The 9th category product of Chroma will complete its legal and regulatory compliance preparation by the end of 2017.
Creating a Lead-Free PCBA Process
Among our green production processes, the lead-free printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) has been completed. With Linkou as the main production center, improvement has been made to the lead-free PCBA, surface mount technology (SMT), dual in-line package (DIP) and other production processes.
Case of Green Product: Indirect Economic Impact Reduces Material in Panel Industry
Upgrades in Panel Industry: Programmable Video Pattern Generator is Lighter, Thinner and More Eco-Friendly
The programmable video pattern generator model 2235 has effectively increased video signal measurement capabilities in 4K resolution (4K) display. The 4K display panel is made using an oxidized thin-film transistor (TFT), which makes the display panel lighter and images more detailed. In the development of digital imaging technology, Chroma’s programmable video pattern generator model 2235 also indirectly made strides in display innovation. The new 4K resolution digital display is lighter, thinner, and more eco-friendly due to less material use.
What is 4K high resolution imaging technology? It is when horizontal resolution reaches 4000 pixels, and vertical resolution reaches 2000 pixels in the display. This imaging technology has been applied in digital TV, digital photography, videos, and even digital films. The new film ”Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” from Oscar-winning director Ang Lee was shot with the latest technologies in the industry, one of which is 4K high resolution imaging. It is widely believed that only a small number of cinemas in the world are compatible with 4K high resolution imaging. Ang Lee’s efforts are truly revolutionary.
▼ Improvement in Energy Efficiency of Chroma’s Video Pattern Generator Model 2235
Case of Green Product: Indirect Economic Impact Increases Productivity in Energy Storage System Industry
Provide Energy Storage Systems Manufacturers Excellent Power Electronics Test Equipment
In Europe and the US, businesses are increasingly investing in solar energy solutions for a eco-friendlier electrical energy source. In 2015, the US electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla Motors unveiled the Powerwall ® energy storage systems (ESS). Terminal users of solar panels, especially US home owners, can effectively store more electrical energy for their daily consumption.
We provide excellent power electronics test equipment for energy storage system manufacturers, assisting in quality reliability tests and producing quality end products. We also offer the AC Electronic load Model 63800 series that can carry out inrush current impact, system storage analysis and load simulation tests through its precise and reliable AC loading. The softpanel allows the user to input loading variation to simulate the 24-hour electrical consumption of a household.
Case of Green Product: Indirect Economic Impact Increases Productivity in EV Battery Industry
Equipment of Automated EV Battery Production Line Reduces Energy Consumption by 50%
Did you know? When a customer spends NT$ 3 million on 1 electric vehicle and another NT& 1.5 million on electric vehicle battery replacement after six months, that equates to 50% of the price of a new car. It is easy to see why electric vehicle manufacturers demand better batteries and upgraded their production line from manual, to semi-automated to automated during the last 5 years. Aware of the latest market trends, Chroma started offering hardware and software services for automated EV battery production lines during this time period. Today we have a wealth of experience in the equipment of automated EV battery production line, which gives us a competitive advantage.
In a 12ppm (production per minute: batteries produced per minute) EV battery production line, electricity consumption is reduced by 50% which is the equivalent of NT$8 million per year. Electrical energy seems cleaner compared to fossil fuels to many, and therefore more suitable for vehicles. However, what is often not mentioned is that during activation batteries go through several 20-hour cycles of charging and discharging. In other words, EV battery production actually consumes a subtantial amount of electrical energy. For this reason, Chroma developed a battery formation system that effectively recycles electrical energy during production. This is another way for us to carry out our responsibility towards the environment.
Chroma Equipment of Automated EV Battery Production Line - Battery Cell Formation System from Recyclable Energy
Case of Green Production Process
Material Labeling by Workstation
Reduces 40% Paper Consumption
On the production line of measuring instruments, component numbers and names must first be confirmed in compliance with standard operating procedures. However, customization means our products are less in quantity but great in variety. Previous production processes resulted in long hours of material preparation, consumption of paper for material labeling and a high error rate in material preparation. Improvements were made in production units by adding 1 more box of information on the label, material workstations. Material preparation time was reduced by 60%, paper printing for material labels cut down by 40% and a 0% error rate was recorded. The project started in June of 2015 and was officially put into place in September of 2015.