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EU Ecodesign Directive: some compliance tips for the HVAC sector

The HVAC sector is experiencing a series of important transformations today, as the Ecodesign Directive and other norms are implemented.  The need for more sustainable industries and products that minimize their environmental impact has crystallized in different new regulations in recent years. The Ecodesign Directive in particular aims at the heart of productive processes, as …

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Thermally efficient HVAC systems: Tips to achieve them

Achieving thermally efficient HVAC systems has a decisive influence on these structures’ economic costs and sustainability. As a consequence, all strategies leading to increased efficiency in ventilation units, heat pumps, duct thermal insulation and other HVAC equipment present important benefits for owners, operators and society at large. How can manufacturers provide thermally efficient HVAC systems? …

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Industrial packaging innovations you must know in 2022

Packaging innovation in 2022 is guided by one central idea: packaging solutions will be sustainable or they will not be.  How is innovative packaging design incorporating environmental concerns into the equation? We take a look at the main packaging innovations today and what they mean for companies looking to comply with current legislation around packaging …

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Lightweight packaging: how it can transform your logistics

Due to its many economical and environmental advantages, lightweight packaging has become a buzzword in the packaging industry.  As the role of packaging in logistics is more and more understood, companies are paying more attention to their choice of packaging. The truth is that packaging not only remains a key factor in protecting goods but …

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Expanded polypropylene: industrial uses and sustainability

From industrial pieces to commercial objects and packaging, expanded polypropylene is the silent hero behind a number of commonplace items found across the globe. A closed-cell bead foam material produced from polypropylene, expanded polypropylene has conquered many industries and markets because of its extraordinary properties: it is lightweight, provides outstanding thermal and acoustic insulation as …

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Tips to create sustainable HVAC systems

The hunt for sustainable HVAC systems comes at a time when governments, citizens and manufacturers alike have seen the undeniable benefits of striving for efficiency in these structures.  This search can take different shapes, from using more efficient equipment (including geothermal heat pumps and gas furnaces), to refining processes, such as employing low-GWP refrigerants. The …

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HVAC energy efficiency: 4 tips to improve your performance

HVAC energy efficiency has become a key trend among installers and manufacturers and users, as word spreads around it equals less economic and environmental costs.  As heating and cooling can represent about half of the energy used in a building, achieving efficient heating and cooling is critical for managing costs and sustainability. In fact, the …

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Reduce packaging waste using expanded foam

The current imperative for applying eco-consciousness into economical processes has seen companies look for new and improved ways to reduce packaging and, as a consequence, reduce packaging waste.  From our decades-long experience with packaging design, at Knauf, we take a look at current packaging optimization options using an eco-design perspective that helps companies advance towards …

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Biobased packaging trends in 2022

Biobased packaging was born as a response to new consumer and governmental demands for sustainable packaging options.  As the packaging industry moves towards minimizing its impact on the environment, new bio-based plastic packaging solutions emerge continuously providing increasingly efficient possibilities for protection and sustainability. Want to learn about the main biobased packaging trends today and …

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Innovations in HVAC materials that you can’t ignore

Many are not aware that choosing the right HVAC materials may have a significant impact on these systems’ energy efficiency as well as being an important source of cost-cutting. Additionally, new developments in innovative HVAC materials mean these improvements are being taken to new levels, leaving behind some of the less efficient components in favor …

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Foam packaging inserts: benefits and characteristics

Protecting goods during transport is a key factor for many businesses which can have an effect both on their logistic processes and their reputation and brand image. At the same time, as e-commerce grows, providing an attractive packaging and unboxing experience has become increasingly important. Foam packaging inserts stand out as an efficient packaging solution …

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Foam packaging recycling: Knauf Appliances circular economy model

With the rise of a growing consumer and governmental consciousness around the environment, foam packaging recycling stands out as an important issue in the packaging industry.  At Knauf Appliances, we are confident in the sustainability of choosing EPS and EPP foam packaging, as it remains a mono-material 100% recyclable and efficient packaging solution for many …

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How to optimize your eCommerce packaging

Choosing the right eCommerce packaging solution can make a difference in a number of fields: from cost reduction to improving customer experience.  With the undeniable current rise of eCommerce, choosing the right packaging solution has become key for many businesses. This is especially true for those using Amazon as a distribution channel, as the company …

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Laser graining: how it is applied in HVAC technical parts

Laser graining has enabled greater cost-effectiveness as well as optimized production times and amplified innovation in HVAC technical parts. We take a look at how laser texture is achieved and the main benefits of this precise procedure to generate HVAC technical parts. What is laser graining? Laser graining is a production technique that uses ultrashort …

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Technical parts in HVAC systems: how expanded foams can improve them

The right choice of technical parts can significantly improve an HVAC system’s performance and economic costs.  The market around HVAC systems is undergoing a series of transformations, mainly focused around consumers’ expectations getting more demanding: HVAC design must now provide a great unit performance, silent running, compactness, and energy saving.  These new clients need to …

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Benefits of using expandable plastics for protective packaging

The choice of protective packaging can make a crucial difference for companies looking to optimize their costs and achieve a more sustainable supply chain. Despite their bad reputation, some expandable plastics are actually sustainable options while providing great performance in terms of protection and supply chain benefits. We analyze the benefits of expandable polystyrene and …

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Styrene packaging: a sustainable material?

Styrene packaging has been a strong and efficient packaging solution for many years now. However, as the search for eco-packaging solutions grows, some companies can be deterred by this material’s bad reputation in terms of sustainability. Considering styrene packaging’s sustainability is a complex process that needs to look into many different directions. At the same …

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HVAC supply chain improvements that can benefit your business

An optimized supply chain is key to maintaining good relationships with your clients and eliminating unnecessary costs in any industry, and the HVAC sector is no different.  However, the pandemic and the economic events that have ensued have activated a complex chain of effects. In such a context, HVAC supply chain issues have emerged as …

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Polypropylene foam uses in the HVAC industry

Polypropylene foam presents extraordinary possibilities for the HVAC industry and can be integrated across a diverse range of elements within this sector. As a consequence, finding a trustworthy expanded polypropylene foam supplier might be key to maintaining quality in energy performance and cost-effectiveness in HVAC systems. Keep reading to learn about the benefits of expanded …

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How to improve thermal insulation with customized HVAC technical parts

Guaranteeing thermal insulation in heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems is essential for ensuring they’re efficient and sustainable structures. One key part of achieving this efficiency is to incorporate customized HVAC parts that prevent energy losses.  We analyze the importance of thermal insulation in these systems and the current alternatives to accomplish it. Why is …

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Sustainable packaging solutions of vegetal plastic

Vegetal plastic alternatives have evolved from being a niche market to becoming a mainstream solution that helps companies develop sustainable packaging.  But what exactly is a vegetal plastic (and bioplastic foam) and how can companies make sure they’re more sustainable than other alternatives? What are the current possibilities for these packaging materials? At Knauf Appliances, …

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Mono-material packaging: Why is it more sustainable?

In the search for more sustainable packaging alternatives, the switch to mono-material packaging is an unquestionable trend today. The development of more efficient and functional and protective mono-material alternatives has pushed this transformation to the front and is helping companies reach their sustainability goals. In a time when recycling and joining truly sustainable models are …

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Plastic injection molding trends for 2022

Plastic injection molding as a manufacturing technique has been around for decades. However, new injection molding trends are propelling this method forward, bringing new and unprecedented advantages to the companies that opt for it.  Find out what the new injection molding trends are for the coming years and how your company can benefit from applying …

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Design of technical parts for HVAC systems

Technical parts for HVAC systems today must withstand a series of challenges: not only their performance must be long-lasting and efficient, but they must also provide optimal acoustic insulation, guarantee energy savings and be aesthetically pleasant. Thus, the HVAC design process must take into account all these goals. We analyze current needs for HVAC parts …

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What is environmentally friendly packaging?

Sustainability has become a key priority across different industries and developing and environmentally friendly packaging is often a crucial step towards that goal. The issue affects both Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) and sustainable industrial packaging and there are many formulas that can be considered in order to design an ecofriendly packaging solution.  At this point, …

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