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Proposal of an eco-design approach based on an inventory of fixtures: Case of agro-equipment SMEs in Benin

Author Affiliations

  • 1Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble, Laboratory G-SCOP, 46 avenue Felix Viallet, 38031 GRENOBLE Cedex1, France
  • 2School of Rural Engineering, National University of Agriculture, Laboratory LEMA, 01 BP 2009 COTONOU, Benin
  • 3National University of Sciences Technologies, Engineering and Mathematics, Laboratory LEMA, 01 BP 2009 COTONOU, Benin
  • 4Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble, Laboratory G-SCOP, 46 avenue Felix Viallet, 38031 GRENOBLE Cedex1, France

Res. J. Engineering Sci., Volume 8, Issue (3), Pages 8-19, September,26 (2019)


The rise of environmental issues is encouraging mechanical manufacturing companies to integrate the environmental dimension into the design process of their products. In developing countries, small and medium-sized enterprises are recognized globally as the most job-creating and economic growth processors. However, they have shortcomings in using the eco design approach to eco innovate. In Benin, small units, agro-equipment developers, are facing enormous difficulties due to the lack of acquisition of sustainable design concepts. The present work aims to present in detail an eco-design approach and show how it meets the needs of OEMs. All this, in order to provide customers with particular values of use and appeal on the one hand and, on the other hand, to equipment manufacturers, competitive differentiation and economic value. The \\\"Innovation for Breaking and Sustainability (IBS)\\\" approach is a combination of \\\"Design for Sustainability: D4S\\\", \\\"Conception of Equipment in Southern Countries for Agriculture and Agri-Food, Method: (CESAM) And \\\"environmental assessment technique of standard NF E 01-005\\\" with the traditional methods of design and manufacture of these units, in order to reinforce their efficiency.


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