Program : Environmental and Energy Management Technology (B8-1)

The aim of the Program of Industrial Production Process Improvement with Cleaner Technology is to support the implementation of cleaner technology in industry by improving production processes and reducing environmental problems thus leading to sustainable development. The program, which involves graduate students and company technical staff, focuses on the benefits of improvement projects and increases in efficiency in reducing environment impact and production costs.

During 2008 this programme has operated with support from eight universities in the network such as Chulalongkorn University, Mahidol University, Kasetsart University, Khon Kaen University, Chiang Mai University, Thammasat University, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi and Prince of Songkla University. This university network is currently working with sixty seven companies to evaluate and improve their performance in adopting cleaner technology. The concept is being adopted via project work by students on work experience in industry. Projects have shown that the use of Cleaner Technology improves overall production efficiency reducing pollution and providing an incentive to reduce waste such as water waste, fuel and energy waste and raw materials. The work seeks to develop new CT methods; 193 process improvements have been developed and of these 57 have already been adopted by companies. This can reduce costs by over 50 million baht per year. For graduate students who have completed work experience, MTEC will consider the support of senior project funding up to a total of 24 projects, with backing for materials and equipment from 21 companies.

The experience gained during 2008, shows that cleaner technology can be promoted via collaboration, and technology transfer. The cleaner technology concept is being adopted through projects by students on work experience in industry and who are interested in this program. With support from the National Metal and Materials Technology Center (MTEC), a CT Research and Education Consortium was held during August, 28-29 2008. The students presented their research work involving 39 projects at this event which included 229 participants.

As seen in the photograph, Mahidol University presented research projects from a case study in co-operation with the Maleesamphan Company Limited. The title is “The Development of Equipment for Removing the Top and Bottom of Pineapples”. This process can reduce waste.

In one case study Chulalongkorn University co-operated with the Carpet International (Public) Co,. Ltd. They faced problems with leakage of steam from a Steam Trap. The Steam Trap was repaired at a cost of 16,200 baht, but this reduced waste by 154,346 baht per year. In another example, Plan Creation Co., Ltd. co-operated with Prince of Songkla University to tackle problems with the spray guns used for painting. This company changed to use a High Volume Low Pressure (HVLP) system that can spray more paint volume for improved coating, but at lower operating pressure. This equipment cost 50,000 baht but the result was reduced waste saving 1,200,000 baht per year.

Project Leader :

Dr.Somnuk Sirisoonthorn (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Research Team :

Assoc.Prof. Dr. Paisarn Kittisupakorn, Nuchjaree Rasrikriengkrai, Walee Sukratanawong, Noppawan Maturavech