Going Green

Green manufacturing doesn’t have to be expensive

It’s no surprise that in discussing sustainability, a discussion about cost will most likely arise. The argument usually involves the costs of implementing green technologies being more than the overall savings of “going green”. The problem with this is that there are steps that can be taken to be more...

Infographic explains how sustainability in business helps profits

Distinctive Doors released an infographic earlier this month showing how sustainable business practices are starting to help companies become more profitable. Consumers have influence on the way manufacturers produce their goods. Many are willing to pay more for an eco-friendly product, which catches the ear of manufacturers -- as well...

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...

The Costs of Green Legislative Compliance

The trend toward environmental friendliness has been helped by government incentives like grants and tax breaks for greener industries. However, the other side of that coin is mandatory compliance to new environmental legislation. Government officials put the laws into place to affect change in the ways that companies use natural...

More Waste in Lean Manufacturing

Lean manufacturing is all about rooting out and replacing wasteful methods, processes and products. Once the waste is found, the company's work goes beyond elimination to finding ways to prevent the waste from occurring again. Value-added calculations are also considered along with wastefulness. Companies can look in the usual places to find waste...

Simple Steps Toward Sustainable Manufacturing

Making a plant more sustainable can quickly become a costly endeavor. Fortunately, it doesn't have to be. Sustainable manufacturing, by definition, involves using enough energy to produce what is currently needed without putting future energy stores and environmental needs in jeopardy. This can be done without overhauling the entire plant. There are little...

The End of Renewable Manufacturing?

The July 2011 Congressional deficit debates led into the biggest tax cuts the U.S. has seen in quite some time. A number of programs were either shaved or will simply go un-renewed at their deadline. Others were shutdown almost immediately. One of the industries that saw a lot of attention during and after...

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...

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