Satisfied customers through sustainable solutions
We aim to increase customer value, drive innovation and boost efficiency. Sustainable corporate development and long-term growth are central components of our corporate strategy.
As a high-tech company, we are always working to give our customers a competitive edge through our solutions. Since LPKF's beginnings, one of the main focuses of product development has been sustainability. Whether in product design or by extending the product life cycle, we are continuously working on better solutions. That is why we also aim to become more efficient and resource-friendly with each new product generation. In this way, we not only help our customers to produce more sustainably, but also make a direct contribution to a more climate-neutral future.
Dr. Robin Krüger, Vice President ARRALYZE, and Dr. Nora Fekete-Drimusz, Team Leader Biolaboratory, explain how LPKF helps its customers achieve sustainable solutions and why the latest LPKF innovation even makes an important contribution to society.
The manufacture of our products is responsible for only a small proportion of greenhouse gas emissions.
However, our systems have a high effect on the emissions of their users. We therefore provide our customers with a wide range of benefits not only through resource-saving and efficient processes, but also through low-emission production. Strengthening sales and expanding the after-sales and service business contribute to the longevity of our systems and thus also to customer satisfaction.
We have already been able to report a contribution to climate protection in the EU taxonomy.
As a high-tech company, our products and solutions enable many taxonomy-eligible economic activities that our customers can credit. Thus, while we cannot directly credit these contributions to ourselves, we are aware of the value that our investments have for the goals of the European Green Deal and for our customers. That is why we see ourselves as "enablers" of sustainable solutions.
In addition to cost-effectiveness, quality is a core value of LPKF products and an important criterion for sustainability.
In order to be able to quickly offer stable machines suitable for series production to our customers given the often short development times, we continuously improve our ability to avoid faults, find them, fix them and learn from them. The reliability of our equipment reduces downtime for customers and thus improves resource utilization. The majority of LPKF products and technologies are based on the efficient use of laser technology, which can replace conventional chemical and mechanical processes, for example.
For example, our new ARRALYZE technology enables us to significantly reduce the quantities of reagents and other consumables. In the long term, the technology is expected to drive development in personalized medicine.
Our contribution to the sustainable use of resources
Tobias Jaus, Head of Innovation & Product Management WeldingQuipment
"With the help of state-of-the-art laser technology, we work to realize efficiency and quality benefits for our customers from a wide range of industries. Of course, the sustainability of our solutions is always in focus."
Technologies and their contribution to resource preservation
With laser depaneling, printed circuit boards are quickly and reliably cut out from the panel. A minimal heat-affected zone and minimal mechanical stress enables a higher yield in printed circuit board production and therefore lower material consumption than with conventional technologies. Accumulations of cutting residues are safely and efficiently filtered from the air.
StencilLaser technology is used primarily in electronics production for laser cutting of templates for solder paste printing. Thanks to high energy efficiency, the systems consume less energy in operation and require no cooling water. Accumulations of cutting residues are safely and efficiently filtered from the air. With an average service life of ten years, the systems are extremely durable.
LIDE technology enables resource-efficient use of glass in microsystems technology, which allows the silicon material that is normally used to be replaced with glass. The switch to glass can save a great deal of energy during raw material processing.
Using products from the Development department, circuit board prototypes can be manufactured by milling or laser technology without the use of etching technology and the associated chemicals. The in-house processes at our customers eliminates many of the long transport routes that would otherwise be required to create individual prototypes. The systems are generally in use for more than 15 years and are therefore extremely durable.
Our systems for manufacturing thin-film solar modules can produce large modules within a short time, which helps make production more efficient. In addition, the use of LPKF technology makes the individual solar modules more efficient because they generate energy more effectively. Our systems thereby make a positive contribution to improving the carbon footprint of the manufacture of thin-film modules in the solar industry. The solar modules produced in this way can be used economically even in the absence of subsidies.
With the new ARRALYZE business field, LPKF is addressing the strong demand for miniaturization and automation to enable the parallelization of biological experiments and to drastically reduce the quantities of expensive reagents required for these types of experiments. The long-term goal is to address issues relating to personalized medicine designed to enable treatments tailored to each individual patient.
The use of laser radiation to join plastics helps eliminate adhesives, which usually contain hazardous substances. What is more, the technology enables an efficient, sustainable and particle-free production of critical sensors and components used in the automotive industry and in medical technology. With a service life of around ten years, the systems are extremely durable.