While this approach to quality is important to ensure organisations continue operating well and keep their customers happy, their mindset must evolve to also understand how that waste is impacting the overall environment footprint of their operations. Efficiency and productivity in manufacturing is now quite simply becoming more about corporate, social and environmental responsibility than just business performance.
Acting now will allow manufacturers to reap future rewards
A recent survey revealed that two-fifths of UK manufacturers are operating without a sustainability policy. Often manufacturers have quoted cost and time to be a barrier to achieve a more sustainable operation but with the right technology, it is possible.
For manufactures to truly make an impact they must rethink not only how they design their products but also how they design, manage and monitor their end-to-end production processes. But they also must not overlook how by optimising their production processes to minimise waste and maximise efficiency and productivity will also contribute significantly to the mitigation of any negative environmental repercussions.
Profit is no longer at the forefront of digital transformation strategies
The drive towards optimising manufacturing efficiency and productivity should no longer centre solely around performance and profit but equally revolve around sustainability, with sustainable practices being at the forefront of any manufacturer’s digital transformation strategy.
The topics of climate change and environmental responsibility are not going to fade away, instead they will become more prevalent and more urgent. The most important step for manufacturers is to take real action and change the way they operate. Reframing how digitalisation and smart manufacturing are perceived through the lens of sustainability is, in my view, one of those critical steps.