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Product lifecycle

Sustainable product lifecycle design

Understand how to apply sustainable design considerations for projects, production and supply chains within systems.

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Sustainable product lifecycle design
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£650.00 £585.00 Plus vat


Understand how to apply sustainable design considerations for projects, production and supply chains within systems.

New Product Introduction (NPI) classically needs to deliver an agreed product specification on time, to cost and quality. Now however, NPI must also consider sustainability from initial concept through to development for the subsequent user phase. 

This course presents and explains the sustainable NPI approaches necessary for product development, life extension and renewability - including benefits of flexible product platforms and module base engineering. This includes practical considerations such as how design teams should work together, producing multiple products from one design, realisation of economies of scale, lean manufacturing and reducing C02.

Who should attend?

  • Engineering leaders
  • Project managers
  • People working in supply chain
  • Product design engineers
  • Production engineers 

How will I benefit?

  • Be able to identify sustainability factors of the ‘system’ in which the product is manufactured and used.
  • Understand the hierarchy of waste for New Product Introduction and existing production/supply chain systems and be able to better identify, quantify and minimise waste.
  • Plan how and where to focus engineering resources during a “sustainable life-cycle”.
  • Be able to apply lean manufacturing principles and Design for “X” guidelines that relate and compliment to sustainable future designs.
  • Explain the importance of “quality assurance in a sustainable business”.
  • Apply design considerations for end of life (reuse, recycle, repurpose , disposal… etc).
  • Know the basic principles of ‘block-chain’ authentication for supply chain sustainability.
Contributes 7 CPD hours

Key topics

  • Product and production system development (a simultaneous engineering approach)
  • Avoid the traps to ensure that there is a systematic ‘lessons learned’ feedback approach
  • Engineering for multiple products derivatives (a product portfolio) – a one platform approach
  • Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA), and how it can be extended to other areas which effect sustainability.
  • Product process standards and modular architecture: Time for evolution ‘vs’ revolution

To get the most out of this course, you should first begin to understand how to assess your sustainability practices to produce a robust business case. You can do so by booking this course alongside Re-engineering for a circular economy which covers this.

Mapped against UK- SPEC competencies: A, B, C, D and E

  1. Knowledge and understanding - For Chartered Engineers: ‘Use a combination of general and specialist engineering knowledge and understanding to optimize the application of existing and emerging technology’ For Incorporated Engineers: ‘Use a combination of general and specialist mechanical engineering knowledge and understanding to apply existing and emerging technology’
  2. Design and development of processes, systems, services and products - For Chartered Engineers: ‘Apply appropriate theoretical and practical methods to the analysis and solution of mechanical engineering problems’ For Incorporated Engineers ‘Apply appropriate theoretical and practical methods to design, develop, manufacture, construct commission, operate, maintain, decommission and re-cycle mechanical engineering processes, systems, services and products’
  3. Responsibility, management or leadership - For Incorporated and Chartered Engineers: 'Provide Technical and commercial leadership’
  4. Communication and inter-personal skills - For Incorporated and Chartered Engineers: 'Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills’
  5. Professional commitment - For Incorporated and Chartered Engineers: ‘Demonstrate a personal commitment to professional standards, recognising obligations to society, the profession and the environment’

Meet our trainers

These trainers regularly teach Sustainable product lifecycle design.

  • Harvey Leech

    Harvey Leach

    Harvey is a mechanical engineer by training and spent over 25 years working in a variety of roles through the whole product lifecycle in the automotive industry - from research, through product development to production strategy. For the last 15 years, he has been applying this breadth of experience as a consultant, trainer and coach, helping multi-functional teams to work collaboratively to bring products to market better and faster at lower cost.
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    Tom Festa

    Tom Festa is a MBA-qualified Chartered Engineer who has worked and led Vehicle Projects for MINI BMW for over 20 years. Now an Engineering Management consultant who lectures at Oxford Brookes University (Engineering Mgmt Ethics and Sustainability) and is a trainer for the IMechE.

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  • UK-Spec:
    A, B, C, D, E

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Available dates for Sustainable product lifecycle design

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28 Jun 2023 10% discount available until 28 April
18 Oct 2023 10% discount available until 18 August

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Related courses

  • 2 day course

    New product introduction

    Intended for engineers involved at any stage of the product development process, we have designed this course to improve your ability to bring new products to market.

  • 1 day course

    Design for manufacturability

    Design better products, aligned to the operational requirements of your organisation.

  • 1 day course

    Re-engineering for a circular economy

    A holistic approach to identifying business opportunities that are sustainable and reducing the risk of falling behind the government deadline. Companies that adopt these practices early will be ahead of everyone, those that leave it too late will not be sustainable.

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Some of the companies we've worked with

  • Alten
  • AMH Material Handling
  • Avara Foods
  • bmt
  • Bombardier
  • Bombardier
  • Frazer Nash
  • Gas Networks Ireland
  • International Nuclear Services
  • JCB
  • Martin Baker
  • National Composited Centre
  • Network Rail
  • Smurfit Kappa
  • sse

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