23rd May 2017

Blog

Resource Management

Energy Efficiency

Energy costs are significant in most manufacturing facilities, but tend to take a back seat to other operational priorities such ...
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Managing the energy efficiency performance of any system is not possible without measurement. With the plethora of possible performance measures ...
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I was in the office of a successful textiles entrepreneur while on business in Durban a few years ago. He wanted ...
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Steam systems are often the most expensive energy systems to operate on industrial sites and can also easily be responsible ...
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There has been an enormous groundswell of interest in energy efficiency over the last decade or so. I have noted ...
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Water Use Efficiency

Crisis? What crisis? Water shortages in Gauteng have been looming for years, and even when additional water is finally sourced ...
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Despite increasing scarcity, water is still a relatively cheap commodity and this is perhaps why, except for the most water-intensive ...
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There are many overlaps between operational excellence, resource efficiency and broader sustainability issues. Improving product quality reduces rework and saves ...
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Reducing steam system costs and emissions requires a systems view that encompasses generation, distribution, steam usage and condensate recovery. While ...
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Materials & Waste

Becoming a cost leader is a natural source of competitive advantage for manufacturers. Lower costs assist commodity producers to undercut ...
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Low-cost manufacturers are not the ones with the lowest staff complements, but those who manage their variable costs effectively. The ...
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Resource efficiency in the industrial sector is fascinatingly complex. Industrial sites employ a wide variety of materials, resources and processing ...
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Technology is an important tool for maximising the resource efficiency of a manufacturing plant, but even the most efficient technologies ...
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There are many overlaps between operational excellence, resource efficiency and broader sustainability issues. Improving product quality reduces rework and saves ...
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Operational Excellence

Cost Reduction

Cost leaders enjoy competitive advantage. That is always true. But if ever there was a time to focus on cost ...
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Energy costs are significant in most manufacturing facilities, but tend to take a back seat to other operational priorities such ...
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Becoming a cost leader is a natural source of competitive advantage for manufacturers. Lower costs assist commodity producers to undercut ...
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I was in the office of a successful textiles entrepreneur while on business in Durban a few years ago. He wanted ...
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Manufacturing businesses incur a wide range of costs. As with any business, there are many fixed costs associated with manufacturing, ...
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Plant Maintenance

The factors which drive resource efficiency are complex, and include raw material quality, operator work practices, machine settings, process set-points ...
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Reducing steam system costs and emissions requires a systems view that encompasses generation, distribution, steam usage and condensate recovery. While ...
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Procedures & Work Instructions

Standard work is the foundation for continuous improvement. It is important for tasks to be completed in the same way ...
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Where manufacturing processes require manual intervention, it is vital that the operators of those processes do so consistently. This means ...
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Problem Solving

Organisations that have got continuous improvement right encourage every employee to challenge themselves in improving performance, as individuals and in ...
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Continuous improvement is only possible within a framework comprising the systematic measurement of performance and the establishment and facilitation of ...
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Technology is an important tool for maximising the resource efficiency of a manufacturing plant, but even the most efficient technologies ...
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The use of formal problem solving techniques to drive performance improvement is not new, yet few organisations seem able to ...
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