SynARCO – Synergetic Analysis and Improvement of Resource Efficiency and Chemical Management in Surface Engineering

Motivation and Objective

The analysis of process data including energy and material flows is essential for today's companies in order to be able to produce environmentally friendly and cost-effective. In this context, the proposed project aims for a synergetic use of process data for surface engineering companies. It combines resource efficiency analyzes (objective: sustainable use of raw materials, supplies, and energy) and chemicals management (objective: minimize burden and risks for the environment and humans).

While established procedures are already available for analyzing and improving resource efficiency (eg. energy and material flow management, life cycle assessment, material flow costing), current procedures for operational applications for chemical management and risk assessment are not yet sufficient. For example, a dynamic analysis of the use of chemicals in companies and associated risks is not possible. In addition, the application of the underlying methods requires the use of expert tools and correspondingly comprehensive method and software knowledge. The associated complexity as well as the resulting effort represent a significant challenge for SMEs. Methods and tools aimed at a synergetic combination of resource efficiency analysis and chemical management are not available. However, such a link is appropriate because of similar data collection and underlying material flow model requirements. The effort for method application can thus be significantly reduced. In the project SynARCO, therefore, both approaches are combined and made accessible in an easily accessible software tool for surface engineering SMEs.


Fig.: Approach for SynARCO Tool


  • Institut für Werkzeugmaschinen und Fertigungstechnik (IWF)
  • eiffo eG

Cooperating Industrypartners

  • Baaske Oberflächenveredlung GmbH, Wuppertal
  • CHROM-SCHMITT GmbH & Co. KG, Baden-Baden
  • LKS Kronenberger GmbH Metallveredlungswerk, Seligenstadt
  • Thoma Metallveredelung GmbH, Heimertingen
Project duration:



Alexander Leiden

Funding: DBU

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