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Basic Achievable Goals in Sustainable Manufacturing

Posted by Thelma Marshall on Aug 15, 2019 4:00:00 AM

Most manufacturing facilities have specific goals for improvement, including embracing sustainable manufacturing practices, which deliver aHow Telematics Ensures Operator Certification and Proper Training measurable reduction in costs, can streamline operations, and help to create a “greener” public image and competitive edge for the business.

Moving beyond green & lean

This move toward sustainability has reached well beyond manufacturers who have positioned themselves as green. It is now part of the strategies of many large enterprises across industry sectors. Most importantly, those efforts are having significant, profitable results.

Here is why pursuing sustainable manufacturing pays off:

  • Increase operational efficiency by reducing costs and waste
  • Respond to or reach new customers and increase competitive advantage
  • Protect and strengthen brand and reputation and build public trust
  • Build long-term business viability and success
  • Respond to regulatory constraints and opportunities

No matter how you approach sustainability practices, the goal is to cultivate measurable improvement in organization, product flow, speed and accuracy in customer order fulfillment, and regulatory compliance — all with increased safety to the environment.  

So, where do you begin?

Your facility’s software platform can provide support to ensure sustainable practices are followed and deliver maximum profitability. For example, there are key benefits received with the use of TotalTrax vehicle tracking solutions. Such as:

  • Lower resource and operational costs
  • Lower regulatory compliance costs

Here’s how:

Avoidable repairs and control over fleet

Rising maintenance and repair costs may be happening for several reasons, including poor operator behavior. A recent case study revealed that up to 75% of forklift maintenance expenses can be caused by operator error.

For results, track an operator’s performance and productivity using your telematic reports, and then address any driver complacency issues, safety infractions, or the need for more training. When you know the exact location of each forklift, you can effectively use geo-fencing in zones where you want forklifts to slow down or not be allowed, such as pedestrian walkways and picking zones.

Avoidable fines & mistakes

Are all operator certifications up to date and in compliance with OSHA training requirements? What was the root cause of each incident and how could it have been prevented?  Telematics software can provide historical insight about driver behavior, training, and all incidents in the facility over the past year.

Optimize productivity 

Are there issues with routing that slowed down productivity? Are there enough operators on the floor to move inventory and meet demand? Did operators sit idle when they should have been working? A telematics system with operator report cards and documented vehicle monitoring identifies where movement slowed and why.

Improve fleet utilization

Telematic insight facilitates a more complete picture of forklift utilization in your facility, including trends and patterns in forklift and operator usage. More specifically, it provides:

  • Improved accountability with less unproductive time
  • Increased drive time and pallet moves per hour
  • Decreased drive distance and drive times with optimized routing
  • Reduced variability between drivers and increased average shift performance
  • Centralized traffic control for mixed fleets

Your telematics system should monitor and identify areas where changes are needed to meet sustainable manufacturing goals.

Topics: warehouse systems, battery charging, historic data, loss avoidance, KPIs, Lean 5S, waste stream reduction, cost reduction, team incentives, green warehouse design

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