With offices throughout the globe working to reduce paper usage, businesses and homes trying to reduce energy usage, and everybody endeavouring to reduce water consumption – you can be sure that manufacturers need to jump on board. Yes, there will always be some waste when producing metal parts, but how can we reduce metal waste in a significant way?
Look After Your Staff
We know that a good staff compliment is the backbone of any business. However, within manufacturing your team may be performing repetitive jobs for long periods of time. This can result in fatigue and accidents, both of which cost the business in terms of time, money, and waste. A well trained and motivated team will know their jobs inside out, be well rested, have the correct health and safety gear, and be able to focus on their given tasks.
Small changes to work routines, sufficient down-time, and a good regime of training and upskilling will result in huge savings and reduce metal waste due to human error.
Correct Processes to Reduce Metal Waste
Modern machinery can work miracles, but there is usually some element of human interaction during fabrication and production. Scratches, dents, or other damage to parts can be reduced or eliminated with the use of automation which can transfer items or handle delicate processes.
With so many options available to manufacturers in terms of automation, it’s key to use the best tool for the job at hand. Upgrading older machinery may incur an initial outlay, but the time and reduction of waste will be worth it in the long run.
Make use of Recycled Metal
Yes, recycled metal is much easier on the environment than manufacturing steel from ground zero, which offers a double saving for savvy manufacturers. Making use of recycled steel costs less and allows less waste into landfills. It’s a win, win.
Yes, reducing metal waste is the responsible and sensible thing to do! It just makes cents.