Sustainability is financially viable
Stena Recycling supports its customers in optimizing their production, the goal is to create values for our customers. By optimizing material handling we can together improve the sustainability work. This will also have a positive impact on the financial part of the business. Sometimes it´s about finding ways to make smaller adjustments that add up to larger benefits.
A lean example
Stena Recycling have implemented customer work groups at several industries, in their production environment. This develops and creates an understanding of the existing development areas. Examples of benefits include minimizing internal handling time and savings in raw material. This also reduces sorting errors and thus either increases revenue or decreases costs. At the same time, the workgroup’s input creates a sense of responsibility and influence at their work place, as waste from time to time can be a time-consuming part of work.
In some industries, containers can be used close to the assembly line, instead of at a central waste collection point. This means that the staff don’t have to go to the waste station all the time. It also keeps the workplace neat and tidy, an important part of the Lean principles. You also minimize the time it takes for employees to manage the waste in-house.
Benefits of constant optimizing
When creating values, customer awareness is increased, adding positive effects to the business. This save time and lift the materials and products up the waste hierarchy.
With a well-thought of and elaborated plan, it’s a lot easier to start the work. And include economy in the plan and let it have a vital role.
The importance of reaching goals
Set short-term goals, as they give a sense of accomplishment and that the workplace really achieves things. This also strengthens the relationships of the workplace, as well as being a major contributing factor to increased awareness.
Sharing experience, knowledge, successful cases and setups is a key part when working with optimization. Common sense rule. It’s important to have an open mind in making the production more efficient.
Tips for optimization
- Have waste management on your daily agenda (at morning meetings etc.)
- Try to see the whole perspective. Several projects at the same time can create synergies and values.
- Dare to analyze your materials, get into in your containers and find out what’s there.
- Work on key figures, goals and sub-goals.
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