There have been many concerns about the impact of manufacturing industries on the environment. The use of materials and the potential waste that is created during the manufacturing process is subjected to a lot of scrutiny. Hence, it is imperative that new practices are adopted to improve the sustainability of an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) operation.

While making radical changes to the manufacturing process can be overwhelming at first, but you can start small to reap most benefits. Moreover, taking time to improve your manufacturing process can benefit you more than you think.

Benefits of sustainable manufacturing

At Ray-bright industries, we have taken several steps to ensure our impact on the environment is minimized.  Thanks to that, we have witnessed benefits of sustainable manufacturing, first hand. Below are some of the advantages you can reap from going green:

  • New market opportunities

With sustainable practices, you gain access to new markets that prefer business with sustainable practices. Many governments’ around the world are initiating projects that help and boost companies that have pledged to go green.

  • Lower costs

The most pleasing benefits of going green is that is can actually lower your business costs. Whether you shift to cheaper renewable energy sources such as solar power in contrast to the traditional expensive sources or rely on cutting edge technology to regulate your energy consumption in a better way, you see noticeable reduction in your overheads. Although, there is an upfront cost of these greener options but the payback time is surprisingly short.

  • Improved company image

In a 2015 Global survey conducted by Nielsen, it was found that consumers were willing to pay more for a sustainable product, as much as 66% more. So, going green and eco-friendly can transform your company’s image overnight. People respect and value companies and businesses that pledge to take care of the environment. Additionally, your reputation among your clients will also increase drastically and you will easily grab the attention on more customers.

 

Best practices to obtain sustainable manufacturing

Following are some of the best practices that we at Ray-bright have undertaken and have proved fruitful over the years:

  1. An Energy survey

One of the first things you need to do is to undergo an energy survey of your company/business. It’s a systematic audit of the amount of energy that is being consumed throughout your grounds and building, to pinpoint areas that are deficient and require improvement. You can carry a simple energy survey yourself or hire an expert to do the detail analysis.

  1. Alternative energy resources

The traditional method of energy resources is depleting and hazardous to the environment. Shifting to more greener and sustainable options like solar power, wind or hydroelectric power can reduce your energy costs and fulfill your energy demands for long term.

  1. Eliminate waste

Minimizing the waste produced in manufacturing in an effective way to improve sustainability. You can do this by reviewing your manufacturing process and eliminate factors that cause you to produce unnecessary by-products and surplus.

  1. Update your equipment

Look for outdated equipment and machinery in your workplace and invest in new, improved technology. This will potentially reduce the energy consumption as well as speed up your production line. Additionally, you can install EPMS (Electrical Power Management System) that can give you data in both real-time and history to identify, address and track any wasteful energy practices.

  1. Recycle

This is a no brainer.  Recycling is the key to obtain environment sustainability. We at Ray-Bright, recycle old, used products. If you don’t have a recycling facility at your manufacturing unit, you can send the recyclable products to a recycle facility near you.