Reading through the literature that is available on the subject of sustainable manufacturing, one easily comes to the conclusion that such sustainable manufacturing is anchored on some three cornerstones. In today’s blog post, we will be examining those three cornerstones that sustainable manufacturing is anchored on.
The first cornerstone that sustainable manufacturing is anchored on is that of efficient use of raw materials. It is to be understood that all raw materials that are used in manufacturing processes are directly or indirectly stripped from nature. Even the so-called ‘synthetic’ raw materials have their ultimate origin in various natural resources. It is also to be understood that these natural resources from which the raw materials are stripped tend to be limited: such that it is easy to foresee a future in which they may run out. This state of affairs is what makes it necessary for the raw materials to be used in an efficient manner.
The second cornerstone that sustainable manufacturing is anchored on is that of efficient use of energy resources. Firstly, it is critical that the energy sources that are used in manufacturing processes be those that are friendly to the environment. For instance, electricity generated from solar or wind would always be preferable to power generated from coal. Further, it is critical that the energy sources that are selected for use in manufacturing resources be used in an efficient manner – because we simply can’t afford to be wasting energy resources, given the current state of affairs. To get more information on the sustainable use of energy in manufacturing, you can order one of the numerous comprehensive books that have been written on the subject. Having ordered such a book online, you can opt to have it delivered to you by UPS, whose workers are served by the www.upsers.com website. The system actually works efficiently, because upon initiating the shipment of the books, you will be issued with a UPS package tracking number — which you can use to track the shipment until the books are eventually delivered by mail.
The third cornerstone that sustainable manufacturing is anchored on is that of minimization of gas emissions. This is closely related to the aspect of using the right energy resources in manufacturing processes. That is because where you have huge gas emissions from manufacturing plants, the culprit tends to be the fuel resource used in the plant. There are, of course, cases where the right type of fuel may nonetheless lead to hazardous gas emissions – like, for instance, where the manufacturing processes are such that there is a lot of incomplete combustion. Thus, when designing the manufacturing plants, a lot of care has to be taken, to ensure that you end up with manufacturing plants that minimize gas emissions.