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Implementing green manufacturing beyond the basics

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Green manufacturing has now moved into the forefront of the manufacturing industry. More and more businesses are seeing the benefits of implementing green manufacturing into their overall manufacturing strategy. However, while most companies are familiar with the reuse, renew, recycle aspect of green manufacturing many others do not realize that there are many different aspects of green manufacturing beyond the basics. Adding these additional factors into the overall manufacturing strategy of your business can help you to take “going green” a whole lot further. Here is what you need to know about implementing green manufacturing beyond the basics-

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All about green manufacturing

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Green manufacturing has gone from being a trend in manufacturing to a cornerstone of the manufacturing industry. It has become apparent that the manufacturing businesses that are using green manufacturing are claiming more and more of their markets and showing that green manufacturing provides a high quality product. If you are a business owner of a manufacturing company you should carefully consider green manufacturing. It is important to start considering an approach to the management of your supply chain that factors in green manufacturing. While it can seem overwhelming and daunting it is entirely possible to implement green manufacturing into your production process. Here is what you need to know to do that-

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How to set up green manufacturing

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At one time it seemed like green manufacturing would only be a passing trend. However, today that assumption seems to be wrong. More and more businesses are turning to using green manufacturing. These manufacturing businesses are seeing that there is a multitude of benefits attached to using green manufacturing. In addition, these same manufacturing businesses are finding that they can claim an even bigger part of the market due to their green manufacturing. This means that manufacturing businesses that have not yet begun to use green manufacturing need to rethink their position and determine what green manufacturing principles they can put into their production process. The good news is that there is plenty of information to help you gets started. Here is what you need to know about how o set up green manufacturing-

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Tips for setting up green manufacturing

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Green manufacturing has gone from being a trend to a permanent fixture in the world of manufacturing. More and more companies are seeing the benefits of using green manufacturing and are using it to claim an even bigger piece of the market. Those few manufacturing companies that have not begun using green manufacturing need to react now and being thinking about ways to incorporate green measures into their production process. This can include things like using green sourcing and practicing green principles of supply chain management. While this may seem daunting there are tips that make the entire process smoother and easier to implement. Here are some tips for setting up green manufacturing-

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All about green manufacturing

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Green manufacturing has moved from being a trend to the forefront of the manufacturing world. More and more manufacturing companies are turning to using green manufacturing. There are a number of reasons that they have chosen to do so beyond simply having a commitment to being environmentally friendly. Companies are finding there are a number of benefits to using green manufacturing and they must be aware of why it is important. Here are some of those reasons-

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Tips to help manufacturers go green

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Green manufacturing has moved from being a buzzword in the industry of manufacturing to being a required component. More and more manufacturing companies are seeing the benefits of going green in not just the production process but all throughout their entire company. This turn towards using green manufacturing is not only good for the environment but manufacturing companies that are implementing these measures are finding significant costs savings and huge jumps in customer good will. If you are the owner of a manufacturing company looking to go green, here are some tips to help you get started-

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How to set up green manufacturing

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Green manufacturing has gone from being a trend to becoming a mainstay of the manufacturing process. More and more manufacturing businesses are turning toward green manufacturing. These same businesses are seeing that green manufacturing is not only good for the planet but good for business, as well. Businesses are seeing that they are able save thousands of dollars of year by simply incorporating a few green manufacturing steps into their production process. In addition, going green can help a manufacturing business cut down on their energy costs and even save money on insurance rates. There are other things that you can do to incorporate green manufacturing into your business. Here is what you need to know about how to set up green manufacturing-

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Steps for green manufacturing

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Green manufacturing is fast emerging as a strategic business imperative. As recent headlines involving quality issues make clear, companies that manufacture green products, using green methods are staking a bigger and bigger claim in the marketplace. Manufacturers that want to get ahead of the curve and stay there need to begin thinking green now, and develop an approach to sourcing and supply chain management that factors this new reality into their plans. It sounds like a daunting task, yet by having a plan and following some simple steps, organizations can jumpstart their efforts and get on the path to success. Here are some steps for green manufacturing-

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All about Green manufacturing

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Green manufacturing has gone from being a trend, to becoming a necessity in manufacturing. It has been clearly shown that manufacturing firms that have gone green are finding that it saves them thousands of dollars each year. Going green will cut down energy costs, and can even save money on insurance rates. Experts predict that green manufacturing will be the most widely used manufacturing method within the next five years

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The energy revolution and what you can do

stockbroker19196361.jpgIf you haven't starting green manufacturing, you are falling behind. The energy revolution is upon us and a number of companies have turned to green manufacturing techniques to save money and improve production. Not only does it help you save money, green manufacturing is a wonderful way to contribute to the energy revolution and focus on protecting the environment.

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Rooftop gardens and solar plates, is it for you?

accountant37004113.jpgSolar energy is starting to spark more interest among manufacturing plants and other facilities. Should you convert to solar energy? While the costs of installing solar energy are expensive, it can save you more money in the long run as you won't actually have a power bill. However, how can you generate enough energy to power your entire plant? What would happen to the power during a storm? Would you need to switch to alternative power sources during this time?

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Saving the planet with Green Manufacturing

brokenpiggy19109501.jpgMore companies are taking the initiative to go green and reduce their impact on the environment. Green manufacturing is a great way to gain positive publicity for your company but more then that it's a cost effective way to make sure your employees and your overall company is healthier.

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The guide to Green manufacturing

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Manufacturing firms that have gone green are finding that it saves them thousands of dollars each year. Going green will cut down your energy costs and can even save you money on your insurance rates. Experts predict that green manufacturing will be the most popular trend in the next five years. Here are some steps to green manufacturing-

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The benefits of going to Green manufacturing

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Going green has become the newest item in the mission statement of several manufacturing companies. The controversy surrounding global warming and manufacturing companies tends to often dominate conversations between environmentalists and manufacturing companies. In order to reduce waste, several manufacturing companies have begun going green. This leaves the question, "What are the benefits of going green in your manufacturing company?"

Manufacturing equipment is made to be fast, reliable, and energy efficient. One example of going green is the energy-efficient light bulb. These bulbs use almost half the energy as a standard light bulb and yet they still produce a good amount of light. Manufacturing companies are using this example and re-designing their machines. Going green can benefit your manufacturing company in many ways. Not only will it benefit the environment, but it will impact your consumer, the shareholders, and the company perception in the market.

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Green belt requirements for six sigma

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A green belt is a certification that you can receive if your manufacturing plant uses six sigma for their manufacturing processes. A green belt certification is only for employees that are not quality process managers, with the certification the employees must make use of six sigma to earn the certification. If you wish to earn your green belt with six sigma, you are going to need to make sure that you meet some certain requirements, they are not prerequisites, but they do have to be accomplished to earn the certification.

The first thing that you are going to need to do to get your green belt certification is to complete six sigma training. While the thought of receiving training can be intimidating, obtaining training for six sigma is easy to do because of how many different places offer six sigma training, including universities. Before you, sign up for the green belt training you will want to make sure that you have a basic understanding of six sigma. The reason for this is that in order to receive your green belt certification there are some things that you will be expected to know about six sigma. The things that you need to know are things that are not going to be covered in the training classes.

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How to take your manufacturing business green

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As more people are becoming concerned with our environment and the effects that big and little manufacturing companies are having on the environment, you are going to need to make some changes in how you are going about your business. Currently there are already rules and regulations that you must follow to help with our environment, but more companies are finding that just following those rules is not enough, there clients are wanting safer products because that is what their customers are demanding. Therefore, as a manufacturer you are going to have to decide if going green is right for you.

Here are some things that you are going to need to do in order to make your manufacturing green. Keep in mind that some of these tips might not apply to your manufacturing plant and just because they do not apply to your plant doesn't mean you can make any changes.

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Green manufacturing 101

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Manufacturing is when you take raw materials and combine the raw materials together to form a finished product. Most people when they think of manufacturing they think about having to order all of the numerous parts that are going to be needed to put together the finished product that is going to be for sale. For example, computers require a variety of little parts to be put together to sell the finished product. With manufacturing, you are probably aware of the various forms of manufacturing that can be used, but you might not be familiar with green manufacturing.

When people think of manufacturing they do not think of green manufacturing because the thought of manufacturing is large companies, putting numerous emissions into the air to manufacture their product. For example, chemical processing plants and gas refineries are types of manufacturing plants, which nobody thinks about them using green methods of manufacturing. The problem is that more and more people are becoming concerned with the environment, so more companies have to change their manufacturing methods to help protect the environment.

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Methods for waste reduction

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Waste reduction seems to be a very simple concept, but there are many different ways to consider it and to start implementing processes that will ensure it works. Waste can be reduced in almost everything we do in our personal lives, but is also a very important consideration for manufacturing companies and everything they do. Here is some more information about waste reduction in manufacturing.

The basic belief behind waste reduction for most business is, sadly, less than benevolent and is mostly a consideration for the bottom line of the company. While recent pressure to become green may have increased the desire of companies to waste less, they also want to decrease waste to ensure greater profit margins. If something is sold at the same price but less material, labor and effort is needed to produce it, then this is seen as a gain for the company. While waste minimization for a company often requires an investment of capital and time, it is almost always paid for with increased efficiency and more goodwill towards the company as well.

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Benefits of waste elimination in manufacturing

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There are some serious problems that beset every business, and waste is one of the most severe. A company that wastes is a company that could be doing much better. Waste occurs in many forms; waste can be overproduction, lost time, lost resources, or poor use of raw materials. These are just a few examples of the literally thousands of forms that waste can take. Many companies are unaware of areas in their business that are wasting valuable time or resources. Although companies are constantly looking for ways to increase their sales, they don't think about cutting waste and streamlining their process. Streamlining is a process through which a company eliminates waste in its production process. This can occur in just about any industry; heavy manufacturing or information technology businesses can undergo streamlining because they can all undergo waste elimination. The benefits of waste elimination cannot be underestimated. Cutting waste means increasing total operating income, which can translate into expanded production capability. A streamlined business is also able to more accurately deliver its products. It avoids the common and serious problem of over production that plagues so many businesses.

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What is required to become a six sigma green belt

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Before you can become a six sigma green belt or before you can fully understand what is required to be a six sigma green belt it is probably a good idea to know what a six sigma green belt is. As you are probably aware of there are different levels when it comes to six sigma training and certification. The different levels are: yellow belt, green belt, black belt, and master black belt. In six sigma training a green belt certification is only for employees who make use of six sigma but are not quality process managers. Something else that you need to know about six sigma in general is that it is an important skill for any employee to have if they are working for a corporation that uses six sigma so that they know and understand the company's mindset when it comes to quality control and management, not to mention understanding how the company is actually working.

Here is what is required to become a six sigma green belt.

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Waste management options

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With manufacturing comes waste. However, when dealing with the excess of your particular trade there are options available for reducing the amount of waste produced and or dealing with the surplus. Simple waste management techniques can help your business save money as well. Below are a few tips and suggestions to help in reducing and managing your leftover materials.

The first step in reducing or managing any kind of program is participation. This isn't referring to employee participation so much as executive participation. The program has to be led from the top down for success to follow. If employees see that the top level executives participate and strongly follow the guidelines then they themselves are more willing to do so. The plan needs to be implemented from the top down. Words won't cut it. Everyone has to get involved and feel as if their part in the program helps to make a difference.

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Tips for encouraging recycling at your manufacturing plant

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Several manufacturing companies do not properly dispose of their waste, causing thousands of dollars to be lost. There are numerous reasons why recycling should be encouraged at your manufacturing plant. Not only is it beneficial for the environment, but it also saves your company money. Recycling plants often will contract with manufacturing companies to pick up their waste materials that can be recycled. If you do not have a recycling program already in place, here are a few tips to encourage recycling at your manufacturing plant:

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Guide to going green

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Manufacturing firms that have gone green have found that it saves them thousands of dollars each year. Going green will cut down your energy costs and even your insurance rates. Here is a simple guide to going green at your manufacturing facility:

Step # 1 - Identify the wastes.
The first step toward going green is finding all the wastes at your facility. Look at the harmful wastes and emissions your company is using to help you decide what you can fix. You can use solar or wind energy to cut down energy costs. Changing to organic materials can also cut down on harmful emissions.

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Benefits of going green in your manufacturing

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Going green has been in the mission statement of several manufacturing companies lately. The controversy surrounding global warming and manufacturing companies tends to dominate conversations between environmentalists and manufacturing companies. To reduce waste, several manufacturing companies have begun going green. This leaves the question, "What are the benefits of going green in your manufacturing company?"

Manufacturing equipment can be fast, reliable, and energy efficient. One example of going green is the energy-efficient light bulb. These bulbs use almost half the energy as a standard light bulb and they still produce a good amount of light. Manufacturing companies are using this example and re-vamping their machines. Going green can benefit your manufacturing company in numerous ways. Not only will it benefit the environment, but it will impact the consumer, the shareholders, and the company.

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How to encourage recycling at your manufacturing plant


It seems as if there are far too many businesses that do not take advantage of recycling their materials. Studies have been done, and found that a lot of material is being dumped was waste, rather than re-used as a resource. So how do you encourage recycling at your manufacturing plant? Each day manufacturing companies throw out valuable trash. Materials that are commonly generated in the manufacturing industry such as paper, plastics, and metals can all be recycled and recovered. Here are some tips on how to encourage recycling at your manufacturing plant.

 The first thing you can do if it has not been done already, is to start recycling at your manufacturing plant I establish a was reduction and recycling program. Take a good look around the plant, and have employees to do the same. What is being thrown away? Can anything be salvaged and used somewhere else? Can anything be separated for recycling? Find the target materials and figure out where they can be used. Target materials that are materials that are specific to your company. For example, one type of manufacturing may have different recycling material than another.

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The benefit of going green in your manufacturing


What are the benefits of going green in your manufacturing? What are those benefits and how does it affect the overall business functions? Going green can really be a benefit in several different ways. However lets first find out what going green means.

Going green is the transformation of moving into a socially and environmentally enterprise that delivers measurable benefits. These benefits can affect the company, the consumer, their communities, and their shareholders.

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Best ways to handle waste reduction

Buying products that include recycled materials and manufacturing your own products with reused materials are great ideas to help improve the quality of life. Through the implementation of the waste reduction programs, companies have been known to save lots of money annually, all for just a small investment in energy and time.

The implementation of a waste reduction program is much easier to achieve with the right direction and support from the top management. Top management should present the idea of waste reduction and recycle programs to its team members and offer meetings and training to further develop the idea. Make sure everyone, including managers, is informed and involved.

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Consulting services for lean and six sigma

Before we can begin to talk about consulting services for lean and six sigma manufacturing it is important that you understand what lean manufacturing and six sigma manufacturing is. But also another thing that you need to know is that before you begin using lean or six sigma manufacturing in your company you should first take a look at the 5S's, which is a way to help reduce waste in your company. This program is actually one of the first steps that your consultants will tell you to take if you are going to implement lean or six sigma manufacturing.

For those of who are unfamiliar with the term Six Sigma let's take a minute to find out what it is. Six Sigma is a method or a set of techniques and in the business world it has become a movement that is focused on business process improvement. Six Sigma is a quality measurement and improvement program that is designed to focus on improving the capability of a company's business processes.

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Manager's guide for going green

Depending on what type of business you are will depend on what things are important to you. If you want to save money there are some things that you can do. One thing that could be really beneficial to your company is to go green. If you have never heard of going green or want more information on going green you are in luck. Here is a manager's guide for going green.

The first thing in a manager's guide for going green is to know what growing green means. Going green is a process where you start using more eco-friendly products that help reduce or eliminate waste and harmful discharges. This can be done in numerous of ways.

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Why it pays to go green when you run a manufacturing plant


Passionate is the debate about the manufacturing's efforts and abilities to "go green." Politicians are quick to assign the government with the responsibility to assign funds to those manufacturers who are willing to transition their plants into organizations more conscious of environmental effects and preservation. It is where the money is to come from to sponsor the greening of the manufacturing industry that becomes the real issue. One politician has pushed for what she called the creation of a Strategic Energy Fund. The Strategic Energy Fund would create "green collar" jobs in the manufacturing industry, thus boosting low employment rates and improving energy efficient technology. This fund is proposed to be funded by a tax on oil companies, however with the proposed total contribution of the fund at about $50 billion, you can bet that oil companies are not going to be thrilled with such a proposal.

The question of turning a company green is really a matter of money. The only reason why a manufacturing plant would resist the implementation of green technology is because of the costs that are associated with recreating the manufacturing process of an entire manufacturing plant. In some respects it is like starting the company over form scratch. With the government already forcing manufacturing industries to comply with more environmentally friendly standards, the financial stress to go above and beyond government legislation is just too high. Take the new Clean Air Act for example. The Clean Air Act forced many already struggling manufacturing companies to make expensive changes. As was briefly alluded to earlier, the most common way to reduce costs in the manufacturing industry is through layoffs.

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Taking your manufacturing green, some simple steps


Green manufacturing is a method for manufacturing that minimizes waste and pollution. The goal of green manufacturing is to support future generations by attaining sustainability. Manufacturing resources are sustained by the means of preserving natural resources. This is done mainly through product process and design. Product design includes the definition of the product architecture or build and the testing of a system for production.

All of this may sound complicated and confusing but really what all of this boils down to is that in order to take your manufacturing operation green, you will need to find a way to design your products more efficiently. Many manufacturing companies accomplish this by taking what is referred to as the three life cycle approaches to product design.

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