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Moving Towards Sustainable Manufacturing

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Steve Ellis of Hickory, North Carolina and CEO & President of Automated Solutions LLC. details how automated manufacturing plants should be thinking about the sustainability of their machines & their impact. Please feel free to view, comment, and share. Check back again soon for more updates and slideshares!

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Moving Towards Sustainable Manufacturing

  1. 1. Moving Towards Sustainable Manufacturing Steve Ellis
  2. 2. Sustainability You are working hard on improving the sustainability of your business and want to know how to properly execute that goal You have made some great headway and your work has improved the bottom line and now you’re wondering what’s next Taking the next step involves exploring how to design sustainability into your machines, conveyance, and information infrastructure Since manufacturers rarely get the opportunity to build new plants with state of the art machines, they must undergo incremental changes and build accordingly Manufacturers need to explore how to design sustainability into their machines
  3. 3. U.S. Sustainability Rules The U.S. Department of Commerce’s definition of sustainable manufacturing, is detailed by 4 key factors listed here: 1. Minimize negative environmental impacts 2. Conserve energy and natural resources 3. Are safe for employees, communities and consumers 4. Are economically sound
  4. 4. A Global View Certain manufacturing processes can be quite harmful For instance the manufacturing process for batteries is so harsh that most battery suppliers offshore their manufacture to countries with environmental standards that are much more lenient than those the United States enforces The negative impact of battery manufacturing includes the release of harmful byproducts such as acid, unassimilated lead and sulphur dioxide The byproducts contaminate soil, drinking water, and air Similar damage occurs when batteries are disposed
  5. 5. Global View Cont. The second area of change in which we can design with sustainability in mind is in reducing consumption of natural resources Energy and raw materials for machines and products are quite limited and most be used sparingly and responsibly Multifunction machines and flexible design are effective at reducing energy consumption as well as component materials Machines and conveyance should be designed to be as energy-efficient, compact and multifunctional as possible within cost and production constraints
  6. 6. Conclusion Now that you have made some great progress in improving sustainability in your factory its time to take a hard look at how to design sustainability into machines