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RachelleW posted a blog entry in Shades of an Apple Green HomeCompanies “going green” is a constantly growing trend that is intended to not only help out the environment but to help employment growth as well. Fortunately, the machining industry has the lead when it comes down to “green” jobs. With the inspiring popularity of machining companies to go eco-friendly, the more jobs appear across the nation. Create “Green” Facilities One of the easiest ways the machining industry can be more eco-conscious is to adopt “green” practices in their facilities. For example, an energy audit can help machining facilities eliminate energy wastefulness that can damage the surrounding environment. Plus, with the audit data, manufacturers can turn to eco-friendly lighting products and automated lighting fixtures that are only used when employees are present in the area. Additionally, inspecting and properly sealing manufacturing buildings from air leaks can help reduce heating and/or cooling costs throughout the year Reduce Waste It’s without a doubt that the machining industry uses raw materials to create new items. However, manufacturing facilities can optimize their eco-friendly side by reusing materials and carefully finding new ways to eliminate waste. Creating better automation and new facility procedures to help reduce waste can help lower the machining industry’s carbon footprint. At the same time, it’s important that facilities to identify and understand where waste occurs and become first responders to preventing it sitting in a landfill, reusing it the best they can. Choose Eco-Friendly Materials Fortunately, most companies are taking part in the new “green revolution,” using as many eco-friendly materials and machining lubricants as much as they can. Some companies, like ETNA Products Inc., realize that the machining industry can take part in this as well. Facilities that start sourcing environmentally-friendly materials from post-consumer waste, renewable agricultural resources, and waste streams can help prevent further damage to the environment. For example, converting materials from natural to a synthetic product can be a great stepping off point. Product Packaging One of the single most common items found in landfills across the world is product packaging. From plastic to styrofoam and paper, these items can mass up and cause toxins to harm the soil and air that we interact with on a daily basis. Fortunately, most manufacturing companies are always looking for new ways to safely package their products more eco-friendly. Adopting recyclable packaging is a great way to for the machining industry to be more eco-conscious. By enacting these four methods, you can turn your machining company into a more eco-friendly one
RachelleW posted a blog entry in Shades of an Apple Green HomeEnvironmentally friendly manufacturing methods are commonly referred to as green manufacturing. Developments in equipment and technology over the past several years have resulted in green manufacturing making sense financially in addition to showing respect for the environment. Respect for the environment can be shown in a number of ways including reduction of waste, prevention of pollution and energy savings. Energy Savings Saving energy shows respect for the environment because it means fewer natural resources are consumed. One way to save energy is to make sure the equipment is operating at peak performance levels. Engine dynamometers, while not traditionally thought of as an energy saving tool, can actually be beneficial in that realm. When used to help determine the motor size that is needed to drive a piece of equipment such as a pump, energy is not wasted because a motor that was larger than what was needed had been installed. A dynamometer could also help determine if the motor needs to be serviced. Professionals, like those at Power Test Inc., know that if the test results indicate the motor is not operating at peak performance, it is likely wasting energy. Not only does this mean it is costing more to operate, but it is adding more pollutants to the atmosphere. Waste Reduction The most effective way to reduce waste is to not generate it in the first place. Packaging material serves as a good example. With the use of returnable and reusable packaging, landfill waste is eliminated. Finding ways to reuse items that were formally discarded is also an effective tool used in green manufacturing. Things like specifying pallet sizes on which raw material is received in order to match the size pallets used internally or for shipping allows companies to reuse these pallets. It eliminates the need to throw these pallets away only to buy new ones for shipping. When the amount of material used cannot be reduced at the source or reused in the process, the next best thing is to recycle it. Again, packaging material provides a good example. Cardboard can be compacted and recycled. Things like stretch wrap and banding straps can easily be bailed. Some recycling companies will even install bailers and compactors on-site to aid in the process. Many of these items can actually bring in revenue when recycled. The bigger savings come, however, by not having to pay landfill charges for these items. While, with today's technology, green manufacturing makes for good business practices, it also helps a company's reputation in the community. This includes both the general public and the regulatory community.