Cimteq’s energy efficient factory checklist

Improving your factory’s efficiency not only supports your reputation as a responsible business, it ultimately improves your bottom line.

Here’s Cimteq’s handy list on how to implement some simple changes:

Lighting

  1. Capitalise on natural light by maintaining clean windows and skylights
  2. Where possible, relocate staff and most regularly employed machinery to areas enjoying the most natural light
  3. Educate the workforce on turning off lights. The Carbon Trust offers downloadable posters in English to promote this practice
  4. Switch to energy-efficient, low-maintenance LED lighting
  5. Introduce occupancy sensors to take advantage of downtime and in discrete areas such as rarely-occupied overflow bays
  6. Employ daylight sensors to capitalise on additional light in Summer months.

Heating

  • Set heating to be used only during occupancy
  • Separate heated workspaces and offices from unheated storage areas
  • Improve cavity and loft insulation
  • Maintain thermostats and boilers for optimum maintenance
  • Introduce de-stratification fans to recirculate rising heat from machinery from the top of the building back to the shop floor
  • Introduce solar panels or wind turbines.

Beyond the factory

  1. Encourage staff to use public transport, car share or use bikes. There may well be tax incentives or grants to support these green transport initiatives.
  2. Introduce homeworking for part of the week for staff who don’t always need to be physically present in the factory (eg office staff) for zero commuting impact on those days.

Whilst effective in immediately reducing carbon footprint, the impact of the changes outlined above are hard to better year-on-year. Not so where production software is concerned.  The flexibility of cable design software CableBuilder and cable management software CableMES allows users to implement new modules as and when needed. For each module implemented, there’s the opportunity to enjoy even greater efficiencies.

Production software

  1. Analyse your current manufacturing operations, outputs and reporting to identify which machines and processes are experiencing the most faults and could benefit from automation
  2. Create a baseline for improvement by calculating the costs of scrap and rework of the following:
    1. Cost of the scrapped raw materials
    1. Machinery and staff running cost of the re-run
    1. Delays in schedule of re-run
    1. Re-scheduling shipping
    1. Reputational damage where customers have experienced a delay
    1. Opportunity cost of designers working on labour-intensive tasks and not on product development
  3. Introduce design and manufacture software to not only reduce scrap and rework but to bring cost efficiency to every stage of operation.

Identify efficiencies for your business through Cimteq’s ROI calculator. Contact Katy Harrison, Marketing Manager, Cimteq, katy.harrison@cimteq.com for more information.

Author: Cable Technology News Team

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