Product Responsibility

Share
Spray Test Lab
Hunter's Spray Testing Facility

Product Responsibility

Innovation meets conservation in the design and manufacture of our products. At Hunter Industries, we understand that our upfront decisions have downstream effects. As a vertically integrated company with in-house engineering, tooling, molding, and manufacturing departments, we have the ability to control the design, construction, and functionality of our products. It is our responsibility to consider the entire lifecycle, so our products are safe for use and minimize environmental impact.

Product Life Cycle

Click on a life cycle stage to read more.
RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT & DESIGNRELIABILITYPROCUREMENTMANUFACTURINGDISTRIBUTIONUSEEND OF LIFE
RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT & DESIGN
Hunter is committed to manufacturing products that use only the water and energy needed to get the job done efficiently. We continually improve the resource efficiency of our product offering by developing new ways to irrigate with less water and illuminate using less energy. With extensive prototyping and testing facilities, our engineers are equipped to ensure our products meet or exceed customer demands and environmental standards. Read More
RELIABILITY
From design verification of new products to regularly scheduled audits, our products go through rigorous qualification protocols to ensure safe functionality and the highest quality. Our reliability department is constantly testing the limits of our products to cover all operational conditions. Read More
PROCUREMENT
The procurement group, which includes purchasing and planning, facilitates collaboration between Engineering, Finance and Manufacturing. Our purchasing group is constantly looking to find higher quality materials at lower prices from responsible vendors. Read More
MANUFACTURING
The ability to control our material inputs comes with the responsibility to use as much recycled content allowable in our product while maintaining the highest quality and functionality. Use of recycled content in our product is limited by the plastic degradation of recycled material. We need to balance the need to maintain the integrity of the components with our impact on the environment. By 2017 we have a goal to utilize 7% recycled resin in our plastic product. Read More
DISTRIBUTION
Hunter Industries chose to construct our distribution center certified at LEED Gold; the first warehouse of its kind in the region. This distribution center incorporates green features to achieve power and usage rates beyond compliance. Solar panels supply power to light the entire building and, with other energy saving features result in a yearly savings of $35,000 and 113 metric tons CO2e. The low flow water fixtures achieve a 30% reduction in water use compared to standard construction. Read More
USE
It is our responsibility to ensure our product is used as efficiently and safely as possible. We have created an extensive online training program to educate customers on proper installation, management, and maintenance. We encourage customers to utilize our runtime and water savings calculators to help achieve maximum efficiencies and performance.Read More
END OF LIFE
End of life disposal of our product is perhaps our biggest environmental challenge. We are taking this on by researching methods to work with our distributors to recycle product through a take-back program.Read More

 

 

Hunter Corporate Sustainability Report 2013

Research, Development & Design

Hunter is committed to manufacturing products that use only the water and energy needed to get the job done efficiently. We continually improve the resource efficiency of our product offering by developing new ways to irrigate with less water and illuminate using less energy. With extensive prototyping and testing facilities, our engineers are equipped to ensure our products meet or exceed customer demands and environmental standards.

MP Rotator

The MP Rotator stands alone in the industry, providing lower application rates to match soil absorption and better coverage.  

FX LED lighting

Our low voltage outdoor LED lighting requires roughly 80% less wattage and lasts 10 times longer compared to their non-LED counterparts.

PLD

Hunter Professional Landscape Drip Line applies water slowly and evenly for consistent distribution at 30-40% increased efficiency to spray technology.

Back to Top

Reliability

From design verification of new products to regularly scheduled audits, our products go through rigorous qualification protocols to ensure safe functionality and the highest quality. Our reliability department is constantly testing the limits of our products to cover all operational conditions.

A few examples of our rigorous testing:

  • Our PGP Ultra received over 500,000 hours in testing prior to release
  • During development and qualification for the new MP Rotator 800 SR, a total of 350 units went through 12 separate tests
  • The FX Luxor Power Controller passed the equivalent of 5 years of UV testing and 2 weeks of extreme temperature testing
Back to Top

Procurement

The procurement group, which includes purchasing and planning, facilitates collaboration between Engineering, Finance and Manufacturing. Our purchasing group is constantly looking to find higher quality materials at lower prices from responsible vendors. 

This year, our procurement group helped lead the rollout of an updated Enterprise Resource Planning system, which will provide real-time monitoring of production and be used to improve resource efficiency across Hunter.

Back to Top

Manufacturing

The manufacturing group works to improve upstream efficiencies by reducing manufacturing waste, and to ensure each item leaving Hunter is defect-free and functional. Manufacturing waste can be in the form of time or scrap (rejected materials).  

The ability to control our material inputs comes with the responsibility to use as much recycled content allowable in our product while maintaining the highest quality and functionality. By 2017, we have a goal to utilize 7% recycled resin in our plastic product.

Using recycled content in our products conserves resources, lowers raw material costs, reduces embodied energy, and generates less pollution during manufacturing.  

 
TOTAL MATERIAL USE AND % RECYCLED CONTENT IN PRODUCT
  Corrugates Stainless Wire Brass Plastic Resin
  2013 2013 2013 2013
Total Input (ton) 1,089 1,150 120 8,750
Recycled Materials (ton) 327 750 50 101
% of Recycled Content 30% 65% 40% 1.2%

Examples of pre-consumer plastic scrap being used in product:

  • Our FX Super Slot Spike is made of 100% recycled content
  • Our PLD drip line is made of 5% recycled content 
Back to Top

Distribution

Hunter Industries chose to construct our distribution center certified at LEED Gold; the first warehouse of its kind in the region. This distribution center incorporates green features to achieve power and water usage rates beyond compliance. Solar panels supply power to light the entire building and, with other energy saving features, result in an annual savings of $35,000 and 113 metric tons CO2e. The low flow water fixtures achieve a 30% reduction in water use compared to standard construction.

Back to Top

Use

It is our responsibility to ensure our product is used as efficiently and safely as possible. We have created an extensive online training program to educate customers on proper installation, management, and maintenance. We encourage customers to utilize our runtime and water savings calculators to help achieve maximum efficiencies and performance.

All our products are sold with manuals instructing owners on safe use and how to optimize the settings of our irrigation and lighting products. Proper disposal of electronic products is communicated through the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment directive WEEE, which is disclosed on the product.

Hunter works with vendors to ensure products meet legal requirements stated in EU’s Restriction on the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS), and Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH).

In 2013, Hunter’s AC powered controllers paired with our Solar Sync received the EPA’s WaterSense Label. Using onsite weather data, the Solar Sync sensor adjusts daily run times on Hunter controllers to maximize water savings.

Controllers to carry the WaterSense label include Hunter's X-Core, Pro-C, I-Core, and ACC product families. Previously installed controllers with Solar Sync compatibility can be converted to meet WaterSense requirements by adding the Solar Sync, eliminating the need to replace the entire controller.

This certification is an example of Hunter's commitment of providing water efficient products to our customers that integrate seamlessly across multiple controller platforms. The Solar-Sync is compatible with all Hunter AC powered controllers offering an effective and economical way for customers to save water

Jeff Kremickiproduct strategy manager

 

Back to Top

End of Life

End of life disposal of our product is perhaps our biggest environmental challenge. We are taking this on by researching methods to work with our distributors to recycle product through a take-back program.

Placing plastics in a landfill may simply be storing a problem for the future, as plastic’s chemicals often sink into nearby land, contaminating groundwater. To mitigate the effects of our plastic products, our process-engineering group is committed to finding better materials to lessen the impact of our product on the landfill.

When product is returned to Hunter Industries for warranty replacement, the product is first inspected to discover the root cause of product performance issues, if any. Our returned product is dismantled, sorted by material type and recycled. All of the returned materials are sent to partners specializing in the recycling of the respective materials.

Back to Top

Looking Forward

  • Research into new plastic compounds for material reduction
  • Investigate take-back program to recycled old product
  • Increase recycled content in plastics to 7%
  • Streamline distribution for reduced paper processing
Back to Top
Previous: 
  |  Next: