Read about 3 core strategies for reducing waste in manufacturing and how they result in not only better products but happier customers.

The whole world is going green and, where manufacturing is concerned, eliminating waste can help a company get greener in more than one way. Eliminating waste not only makes a company more beneficial to the community and the environment, it also helps to increase the profitability of a company. This means that eliminating waste and increasing efficiency are genuinely sustainable goals that make being in business better for everyone involved.

Here are some of the ways eliminating waste can be done, the ease of which may surprise some companies that really stand to benefit from changes that can make them more competitive.

Strategy #1 – Raw Material Inventory Reduction

Anybody who has gone into business for themselves or who is responsible for managing a manufacturing process knows the old adage that inventory is the equivalent of loss. This is true. Inventory adds no value to your product and has no value for the customer, either.

One of the ways that companies can increase efficiency and eliminate inventory during the manufacturing process is to estimate sheet sizes before using them. This is done with trial nests and helps to cut down on the material that is wasted. When you’re wasting less, you need less, which means that you can save money.

One other thing to keep in mind is that standardizing sheet sizes is an effective way to cut down on the amount of raw materials you need to keep on hand.

Strategy #2 – Reduce or Recycle Waste

There are two ways you can reduce the amount of waste created during the manufacturing process. The first is not to generate it in the first place.

To do this, utilizing advanced software and other solutions such as laser cutting technology can help ensure that you are generating as little waste as possible, cutting down on the amount of materials that you need to complete the manufacturing process. Click here to read more about how laser cutting improved efficiency.

By using advanced software and technology to work with your materials, you can actually generate different sizes of materials out of the waste that you produce, vastly cutting down on the amount of waste you generate and ensuring that even the materials that are generated while manufacturing other parts can be utilized to manufacture new parts.

Additionally, recycling is an important element in reducing waste. Collecting waste materials and identifying suitable avenues for recycling can have a tremendous impact not only on waste reduction, but on the environment in general.

Strategy #3 – Improve Quality

When the manufacturing process is made more wasteful because the wrong parts are manufactured by accident, waste inevitably ensues. Fortunately, in addition to great software tools which can help to reduce unnecessary waste, manufacturers also have process certifications such as Six Sigma which can lead to significant improvements in quality all throughout an organization.

One of the real downfalls of inefficiencies in the manufacturing process is that, not only is the produced good worth no money, it actually has a negative impact on the company. The right part has to be manufactured to keep the client happy, of course, and that means that value is reduced for the customer, profitability is reduced for the manufacturer and labor and resources have to be poured into producing the right part that was supposed to be produced in the first place.

Increasing efficiency is a great way to make whatever a business produces more valuable to their customers. In the business-to-business world, customers like doing business with efficient vendors. Companies that can ensure that clients always get the right part in a timely fashion and that can, at the same time, utilize as many of the materials that would’ve normally been regarded as waste and reduce their inventories of new materials can be much more profitable than they would be otherwise. The key is to find out where in the manufacturing process improvements can be made and to seize those opportunities.