Electrical Product Design Review: Own-brand Tumble Dryer

1st January 2013

Through product-breakdown, WRAP has identified a number of cost savings and design improvements that can increase durability, reduce return rates and prolong product lifespan.

Overview

Overview

The case studies below describe how simple design changes and better customer information can achieve a net-positive result for businesses bottom-line.

Own-brand tumble dryer

Based on 100,000 unit sales per annum, and a reduction of 0.5% in returns under warranty, the savings were estimated to be:

~ £9,100 savings per annum

~ 20.9 tonnes of CO2e per annum

~ 7 tonnes of material per annum

Improvements Identified

During the product design review, the following key areas were identified as best practice: 

1.

Increase recycled content in polymers.

2.

Prevent vibration during use.

3.

Secure internal wiring and connectors.

4.

Maintain airflow through the drum.

5.

Ensure polymers are marked to facilitate segregation for recycling.

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Further information

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