It is becoming widely accepted that the levels of traditional cleaning required to maintain Health & Safety quality needs is unsustainable in today’s manufacturing....Read more
Industry 4.0: How to clean up in an automated world.
What measures are you taking to improve your green credentials?
The definition of green credentials is 'the qualities that show you believe it is important to protect the natural environment'. Aside from recycling, a topic we have written about many times, what can you do to improve your green credentials - at work, at home and as a business?...Read more
Risk of recall. How to survive a recall crisis.
Product recalls hit an all-time high last year after a series of high profile alerts in the motor vehicle and food industries. After reading countless news articles relating to those brands hardest hit, it's pretty clear that size (of your business and/or your wallet) is not an automatic defence against the risk of recall....Read more
Waste Management - Your Duty of Care
Section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 imposes a duty of care on persons concerned with handling waste yet businesses are prone to fall short of the law due to a simple understanding of its definition....Read more
Factory evacuation re-entry. How to avoid contamination.
No doubt we've all had our fair share of fire drills over the years, some running like clockwork and others, well, close but no cigar springs to mind (excuse the pun). Either way, all result in a mass re-entry of staff through a dedicated set of doors, or at least that's the plan....Read more
How to control costs and increase efficiency
Being LEAN is a continuous process, a methodology that sustains growth. It never stops and you can always find ways to adopt continuous improvements to waste management....Read more
As product recall figures double, what is your defence?
The number of food and drink product recalls in the UK grew by 62% in 2015/16 and the average cost of a significant recall hit £7.1m*. ...Read more
How to drive productivity through a more engaged workforce?
Leesman, a private company that collects workplace data, has conducted some research into what makes for a productive workforce. From over 100,000 responses across 904 UK locations, the results might help you put a productivity value on your case for continuous improvement. ...Read more
Maintaining product integrity during storage and distribution.
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Recycling solutions at work and how we can learn from early adopters.
When it comes to recycling and being better at it, I think we're all on the same page. That page is all about how we can make real changes to waste management and how, as businesses, we play a part in the wider environmental issues we face. The drive for continuous improvement in cleanliness and recycling, in the most effective way, is ever growing and we are seeing a rapid increase in uptake of a more evolved waste management process. Here are some examples of how others have embraced recycling to help them achieve their business goals....Read more
Severn Bridge tolls cut for the first time since 1966.
Yesterday saw the tolls on both Severn Crossings cut for the first time since 1966. Whilst welcome news to businesses from both sides of the water, calls are being made for them to be scrapped immediately rather than at the end of the year....Read more
5 Examples of Continuous Improvement in Manufacturing
In order to make continuous improvements in manufacturing, you need to first eliminate the opportunities for errors and/or problems to occur. Continuous improvement cannot easily be achieved if you are constantly fire-fighting or being reactive to the everyday - the whirlwind. Here we'll run through 5 examples of how you can make continuous improvements in manufacturing....Read more
Why We Love Sustainable Coffee Shops (And You Should, Too!)
Over the years we've been getting more innovative, and in some cases more eccentric, when it comes to closed-loop recycling, waste up-cycling and, well, just generally finding weird yet wonderful uses of our waste. As we strive for more lean manufacturing processes by adopting lean principles such as continuous improvement, here are some inspirational examples of how others have embraced the philosophy of Kaizen....Read more
Why adopting lean principles to dirt control and ingress drives productivity
In the drive for continuous improvement and continuous flow, major Global manufacturing brands are investing in smart technology to eliminate dirt. Why? Dirt is commonly overlooked when reviewing bottleneck analysis and the principles of Kaizen. But, when you think about it, ingress of dirt does not stop at the door. Unless it is eliminated at source, it just stays there until the next transport vehicle or pedestrian travels over it and takes the dirt further and deeper into your storage and production areas till it causes issues inside your facilities and production lines. The further it travels, the smaller the dirt particles become, and the greater damage caused. Here's how one improvement can continually eliminate waste (Kaizen) and strengthen the weakest link in the manufacturing process (bottleneck analysis)....Read more
How to solve a problem called recycling post China pull out
Back in July 2017, China announced it would no longer accept 24 grades of plastic, textiles and paper imports it claimed was contaminated with dirty or hazardous materials or other waste products. This ban is now in place....Read more