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Perfection in Manufacturing Makes for a Greener Existence

It can be difficult to understand how a lot of modern day machinery, from vehicles to agricultural devices can be seen as being eco friendly or environmentally sound. But the truth is, without the high levels of quality within their internal components manufacturing processes, their emissions could be far worse and their environmental impact far greater than we can fully understand.

Every piece of machinery, regardless of its uses, is capable of creating dangerous amounts of pollution, and harmful gases and substances. Early cars created huge quantities of substances that today are cut down in every way possible. But this wasn’t something which happened over night! In fact, it took a long time for humans to even realise that these emissions were harmful to our environment at all.

After the bomb dropped that the substances emitted from vehicles were dangerous, then the entire car manufacturing industry went into overdrive to solve the problems they had created. This meant a higher class of manufacturing in general, for every single component of their vehicles internal mechanisms.

This applies to every manufacturing industry under the sun! From aerospace and automotive to agriculture and mining industries, everyone needs an incredibly high level of quality in their components. When this standard begins to deteriorate or slip we see problems like oil spills from improperly manufactured rigs and issues with extra emissions of dangerous gases, such as the over production or emission of CO2 from cars and other automobiles.

Some manufacturing companies take this sense of quality to a new level of perfection and test their components in a massive variety of ways under extreme conditions. Rubber O-rings, for example are an incredibly simple seal component which are used in almost every vehicle and piece of machinery in existence. O-rings are tested in extremely harsh temperatures and pressures, and are even exposed to dangerous and corrosive chemicals during the testing process. This means that they’re highly unlikely to fail during their given lifespan.

But going to lengths like this should be something we expect, not revere, because when something as small as an O-ring fails the results can be, and often are, catastrophic. The challenger space shuttle for example, was blown apart in mid air, killing all seven crew members and releasing all sorts of dangerous chemical compounds into the atmosphere, as a direct result of a single O-ring failing.

Even every day household items like fridges can cause a huge amount of damage to the environment if constructed from inferior components and left to operate unchecked.

It’s for reasons like this that we have eco friendly and environmentally sound alternatives in the first place. Because the first step to creating an eco friendly car, is to optimise the efficiency of an already existing model. Only then can a manufacturer begin to move past the capabilities of older technology, which is functioning at the maximum possible efficiency.

So the next time you look at the fumes coming from a car exhaust, try and think about how bad it could be, if every component weren’t fully functioning and tested to the extreme.

This post was written by eco blogger and travel writer John Pauline. John writes on many subjects ranging from travels across the world, solar manufacturing and the environmental issues which concern us all. For more of his articles you can find him on twitter @johnvitality.