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Enhancing efficiency as a design philosopy

New thinking versus the old
As recently as only 10 years ago, it was still possible to place  energy efficiency  at the lower end of priorities in the design criteria and processes for systems  in several industries. The overriding priority therewith has tended to be 'feasibility' and this  wholly defined by technological engineering expediency, economic targets, and pre-existing market conditions.  The result often has been solutions aimed for serving the short to medium term requirement without much regard - or in many cases studied disregard - to future-proof sustainablilty and  impact. Expediency also breeds complacency and diminishes motivation to harness potentially much more efficient yet still viable alternatives (solution candidates).
This situation may probably have continue to the present times were it not for the phenomenal global changes that have come to exist in the past decade. Adverse climate changes and other environmental concerns such as global warming brought on by CO2 emmisions,  and the dwindling of traditional non-renewable reserves such as fossil fuels, in particular have and continue to precipitate the need for totally new thinking towards efficiency and related waste issues.
The paradigm shift has been perhaps most evident in the Automobile manufacture sectors, this mainly due to the industry's direct involvement with fossil fuels by way of the Internal Combustion Engine (ICE), and overall vehicle impact on the environment through manufacture process or public use . Stringent new legislation requiring environmentally friendly vehicles and processes (recycling, etc) by 2020, the rising cost ofmanufacture set against increasing customer expectations  and yet with ever dwindling purchasing power, all these present an urgent problem that threatens the very survival of any complacent manufacturer.  
As a direct result, here-to-fore unthinkable undertakings, for instance use of hybrid or pure electric drive, composite bodies, are becoming mainstream priorities if no the actual product for the manufacturers: for instance Toyota and Honda who now produce as mainstream Hybrid Electric Vehicle models. Horizontal Divider 3


 In a similar cause-effect manner , traditonal practices for many manufacturing processes have become completely discarded in order to meet new requirements, for instance : TPS/Lean manufacturing, recycling, Health and Environment policys all being adopted. Specialistic or proprietory design philosophies have also emerged that are solely geared towards achieving maximum efficiency, both in manufacture and also within the resultant  products; for instance  BMW's Efficentdynamics , Ford's  Econetic, Mazda (and Various manufacturers) Stop-and-Go technologies.   Many similar trends can readily be seen in other industries, for instance Electronics (minitiurisation), Civil Construction, etc.
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Why the apparent complacency?
Why has it taken such a long time and lots of public pressures for industry to  take efficiency it its own right as a leading if not an underpining design criteria? Excessively high or uneconomical costs on the one hand, and untenable technological or engineering challenges on the other are the most quoted reasons, and to a great extent do constitue valid causes. However it is the case that most of the new improvements seen in later instances have often arisen using essentially the same technology, with often only a change in  percieved best-practice, process improvement, and more commitment leading to finding the better solution. In other words,  thinking 'out of the box', and putting expediency, economic targets, and pre-existing market conditions on the back burner. 
This situation is a welcome development. However what a pity that it took so long for industry to adopt meaningfully!

The Maegumechs way
Meagumechs have long adopted the philosophy of maximising efficiency as the underpining criteria in our design specifications and processes.  The result of this over the years has been  a dramatic reinterpretaion of many common systems, re-designed on this philosophy ,  with many displaying significant improved performances and actual positive value gain. The programs page highights some of the innovative solutions and proposals we have been able to develop in this manner.
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