10 Tips for Manufacturers to Go Green, pt. 2

Are you haunted by the thought of your manufacturing business’ electrical footprint, but don’t know what you can do to reduce it? Put those worries to rest and make your process a green manufacturing process which is also more cost effective in the long run.

If you haven't read part 1 of this article I recommend you read it before continuing.

1. Leave the paper on the trees

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So you may have already been using digital means to communicate or even perhaps to file paperwork as a backup. But there are more ways to go paperless. For example, your company could stop using paper instructions and start using visual instructions. Doing this simple adjustment can improve many different aspects of your company's daily functions including increase productivity, assist with error proofing as well as being more cost effective. The cloud helps by providing a software that can help you make the entire manufacturing and distribution process paperless.

2. Save on air, save your energy

If your company is wanting to regulate their electrical footprint and monitor energy usage they will need to continuously monitor it. Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) is a good place to start because a lot of temperature sensitive materials come into play in the manufacturing industry. It’s estimated that 30% of all energy used in a manufacturing facility is used on HVAC making it a primary area to cut back on.

3. Planners get early access to designs

Manufacturing planners should get early access to in-progress designs to spot problems early on and to make the overall design and production stages go faster. With these two processes simultaneously working together manufacturers have the opportunity to give the designers feedback before production. This not only saves energy for your equipment and your employees, it also saves time and money.

4. Utilize the Power of ERP

Being able to share accurate information throughout your organization is an important part of any business. If your company doesn’t have enterprise resource planning (ERP) software in place it is ideal to implement one. ERP solutions assist with product planning and can serve as a guideline for designers in ensure they stay on good terms with compliance and avoid supplier conflicts.

5. Embrace Digital tools

Having defective products are not only a hassle but they also prove to be a waste of money and effort. To combat this problem, manufacturers are beginning to use digital environments to create virtual products. By doing this they can find any potential flaws in their manufacturing process before making the real product. This reduces material costs up to 35% according to Manufacturing Global. It’s sophisticated, resourceful, saves energy, money, and your employees from getting a few gray hairs. With digital environments physical testing is an obsolete thing of the past.

Clients First is an advocate for manufacturers who are looking to make their business grow. With customers all over the U.S. and the world, Clients First knows how to cater to a variety of businesses. We provide the best finance and operations solutions for manufacturers, project based manufacturers and MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul), and professional businesses. Call us at 800-331-8382 or email sales@clientsfirst-tx.com and ask about our Acumatica Cloud ERP, Dynamics Business Central and Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations.  We also support the legacy Dynamics NAV and Dynamics AX software solutions.

Resource: Manufacturing Global

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