Until now, the conventional approach to LCA studies has been the application of "simple" mass and energy balances to manufacturing facilities (Figure 1). This "black box" approach is useful in providing guides to cost reduction and large scale beneficial changes. However, it requires difficult definitions of system boundaries, time consuming data collection, and limits final inventory calculations.

In contrast, the LCAPIX Module allows for a quantitative measurement which can indicate the potential burden of any product (Figure 2). Strategic comparisons of product and process choices can then be fairly assessed. The model upon which the LCAPIX module is based allows for extensive flexibility.

The Determination Driver Values window below is the point in the module where Impact Assessment calculations begin and Improvement Analysis starts. By easily changing a driver value, one can determine product or process improvements.