Conservation

An environmental tool to help manufacturers to trace waste and raise productivity

New Straits Times posted earlier this month about an environmental tool called Material Flow Cost Accounting (MFCA) that helps companies trace waste, emissions, and non-products so that they can improve their environmental and economic performance. Material Flow Cost Accounting (MFCA) is an environmental tool that was developed in Germany in the...

Finding Sustainability is Medical Manufacturing

Sustainability in manufacturing is dominating the manufacturing world, as companies work to reduce, reuse and recycle in any way that they can. The reusable products sector that provides shipping equipment is one solution that continues to take a foothold. Redesigning plants for better use of space (and reduction of energy) is another. Many...

Common Myths about Organic Food Processing

Organic foods are those that are grown and processed for consumers without artificial interferences. These include fertilizers and preservatives. Because of the lack of “assistance” in maintaining freshness, organic foods have developed a bit of a reputation. In the food contamination cases of late where fresh foods seem to be...

Common Myths about Organic Food Processing

Organic foods are those that are grown and processed for consumers without artificial interferences. These include fertilizers and preservatives. Because of the lack of “assistance” in maintaining freshness, organic foods have developed a bit of a reputation. In the food contamination cases of late where fresh foods seem to be...

Eliminating Waste Around Your Plant

On the path to creating a greener plant, you will come to the realization that waste is a problem that also must be addressed. It isn’t just waste  as in trash, but waste (as a verb) occurring throughout the plant in several ways. Fortunately, these areas are easy to pinpoint,...

Is Scrap A Recession-Proof Industry?

The manufacturing sector in the U.S. is very healthy, showing 22 consecutive months' expansion as of May 2011. This is a quite a feat after the recession in 2008 that left the entire nation with double -digit unemployment and a bleak future. Firms started producing once again, and hiring. In...

Implementing Reusables

Reusables can create significant cost savings, a reduction in waste and a more environmentally friendly plant. However, implementing the system will be costly. You must buy all of the products to replace the ones that you would normally throw away, for example. Reusables are durable goods and...

Three Reasons to Consider LEED Certification

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. It is a certification used to authenticate true eco-friendly buildings. Over the years, companies have undertaken the process to become LEED certified, while others are still hesitant. The costs involved are prohibitive for some, in part due to potential interruptions in...

Items to Consider in Making a More Efficient Plant

The green movement is much more than a way to jump onto the eco-friendly bandwagon, it can also be a way to reduce plant-operating costs considerably over time. Many plants have found that simple monitoring, maintenance, scheduling, and other techniques are easy to implement. Others have to add energy-saving equipment...

The Case For Hybrid Engine Block Heaters

Idling a car to heat it up on cold winter mornings is a practice that many people swear by, but few have properly tested for efficiency. In reality, idling a car for any amount of time before driving away will cut into your fuel economy much more than driving away...

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