Although Dell currently uses Carbon Conversions’ re-Evo brand of products, the joint mission was to discover a new technology that could be both cost effective and light weight.
Dell said that they kicked off the work with Carbon Conversions, a start-up based in South Carolina that has redesigned the process to produce carbon fiber non-woven fabrics.
Through experimentation and benchmarking of 200 different types of material combinations with Carbon Conversions, the company discovered a new reclaimed carbon fiber technology. By taking non-woven carbon fiber fabric, and instead of making parts out of it, putting it in the middle of woven carbon fiber fabric – a new process was born.
The new material combination was more cost-effective and produced a lighter, yet durable, Latitude. The LCD cover of the Latitude 7300 AE is made from this new material combination which brings its recycled content to 18% while reducing the weight by 24 grams.
It’s not just about materials. The company is managing sustainability holistically:
- With the use of waterborne paint for 100% of its painted parts to reduce VOC emissions by 89 percent.
- Keeping the end-to-end lifecycle in mind with ocean shipment, long lifecycle batteries and packaging with recycled content.
Keith Graham, Vice President of Business Development at Carbon Conversions, said:
“Benchmarking started more than three years ago. When combined with Dell’s strict requirements, this advanced composite material elevated Carbon Conversions, our product and process development to new levels. We are better company today for this effort.”
Carbon Conversions CEO Mark Mauhar said:
“Carbon Conversions is excited and proud to work so closely with a true ‘early adopter’ and environmental leader such as Dell. Dell’s marketing efforts are also urging their direct competitors to follow their lead in the use of reclaimed carbon fiber and other sustainable materials to do right by the environment we all share.”
In combination with other sustainable materials in 2020, Dell will continue to apply its knowledge from Carbon Conversions products within the Latitude and commercial PC portfolio.
CCI is an advanced materials company recycling all forms of carbon fiber composites and producing chopped carbon fiber and nonwoven carbon fiber products to meet the lightweighting needs of a wide range of industries.
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