Achieve Supply Chain Sustainability in Manufacturing

In this article we explore supply chain sustainability, strategies and technologies to optimise your manufacturing processes.

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Supply Chain Sustainability & Strategy Supply Chain

Following the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 Guidelines, the UN requires sustainability throughout the supply chain to be of higher priority within manufacturing companies.

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Supply chain sustainability refers to the process of optimising every decision within the supply chain to bring greater efficiencies throughout overall operations. Signs of greater sustainability include reduced energy usage, costs, material waste and carbon footprint. In order to achieve optimum sustainability within the supply chain, companies must focus on supply chain strategies that are handled by the board and any decision makers down to the factory floor.
Common strategies to reach this goal include:
  • Using real-time demand insights to automatically adjust your supply chain. Through using cloud-based networks, artificial intelligence and Internet of Things (IoT) technology, sustainability within the supply chain can be improved by reflecting the accurate demands of your company. This will lead to reduced waste in your company, thereby increasing profitability.
  • Shortening your supply chain by working directly with suppliers. By strengthening collaborations between suppliers, manufacturers and consumers, higher sustainability standards can be met consistently.
  • Aligning sustainable company values by integrating sales and operations planning with corporate business planning. Ensure that your sustainable targets run all the way through your company activities.
  • Executing basic sustainability measures such as recycling, switching off unnecessary electronics, and using greener forms of travel.
  • Eliminating outdated methods and processes by using new technologies; such as replacing un-needed welding methods with bonding.

Optimise Supply Chain Management

Other key ways to optimise your supply chain management include:
  • Focusing on your company’s strengths and outsourcing other activities.
  • Performing a logistics assessment to determine which areas in your business sustainability improvements can be made.
  • Developing sustainability training for your staff and contractors.
  • Cutting down on unnecessary equipment.
  • Boosting efficiency by using more innovative technologies.

Supply Chain Technologies

In many cases, using new innovative technologies can be a sure way to implement sustainability within your manufacturing business. Advantages of newer technologies usually include higher efficiencies, lower rates of failure and therefore requirements for maintenance, reduced carbon footprint, and higher output rates. These advantages will give your business a competitive advantage over less sustainable manufacturers, allowing you to increase your longevity and profitability within your niche.

Adhesives

Eliminating outdated technologies in your company is the first step to reduce costs and energy usage. One significant way manufacturing companies can do this is through using adhesives instead of mechanical fasteners for their structural applications. Adhesives offer many sustainable advantages over traditional bonding techniques such as welds, rivets and joints. These advantages include reducing product weight, cost savings, improving product lifecycle, reducing energy usage in their applications.

Sealants, similarly, provide many benefits when used in manufacturing equipment. Read our article “Greener Business for Manufacturing with Silicones” to learn more about the benefits of sealants in sustainability.

Lubricants

Another way to optimise supply chain technologies is through improving the quality of lubricants used in your manufacturing equipment. Proper High-Performance Lubrication allows you to maximise the longevity of your machinery to reduce maintenance time, costs and machinery downtime; allowing for maximum output and performance over the long-term.

KAJO biodegradable lubricants are designed for sustainability and are capable of improving the lifecycle and performance of manufacturing equipment. Similarly, Krytox high-performance greases and lubricants maximise equipment efficiencies by removing the need for relubrication in the future, thereby improving sustainability.

Overall, these are just an example of how new technologies are helping manufacturers across various industries to optimise processes, improve efficiency and boost productivity. 

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