How Your Business Can Embrace Sustainable Manufacturing Processes

October 27, 2021

Finding ways to become more environmentally friendly is a primary focus of companies in many industries, and metal manufacturing is no exception. While implementing more sustainable practices can pose a challenge, it can be beneficial for any business that makes the effort.

While many use the terms “sustainable manufacturing” and “green manufacturing” interchangeably, they have slightly different meanings. “Going green” typically refers to a singular process or product, such as manufacturing a product from recycled materials. Sustainability entails a more broad, holistic approach that encompasses the entire production process.

What Are The Benefits Of Sustainable Manufacturing?

Transitioning to greener, more sustainable manufacturing practices can provide numerous benefits for companies like yours:

  • Lower energy costs: Utilizing more sustainable practices often entails process improvements that reduce electricity consumption, resulting in substantial cost savings.
  • Access to new markets: A growing number of markets are only available to businesses that demonstrate a commitment to sustainability. By integrating these practices, you can take advantage of these opportunities.
  • Financial incentives: The federal government and many states offer tax credits and other inducements to companies that institute sustainable practices, leading to a healthier bottom line.
  • Better morale: Your employees can take pride knowing they’re working for a company that makes sustainability a top priority. The result can be increased productivity and lower turnover.

Sustainable Manufacturing Steps Your Business Can Take

Companies can incorporate various sustainable practices into their production operations:

  • Materials management: Focus on finding more environmentally friendly alternatives to toxic substances when producing your goods. Reduce waste by conserving materials whenever possible.
  • Waste recycling: In many cases, you can recycle the waste your manufacturing processes produce instead of filling landfills.
  • Renewable energy: Consider transitioning to renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power. Besides becoming a better steward of the environment, your company can substantially lower its energy bills.
  • Robotics: Although automated processes like robotic welding have been around for decades, they’re gaining more traction for businesses converting to sustainable manufacturing. Besides improving qualityproductivity and safety, these technologies can reduce waste.

Contact Summit Steel To Learn More

At Fairlawn Tool, Inc., we’ve implemented a host of sustainable practices into the metal fabrication processes we provide for industries like constructiontelecommunicationsmilitary and defensepublic transportationenergy and power generation and many others. Call us at 410-449-7264 or contact us online today for more information.

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