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3 Ways To Reduce Waste in Production

Last Updated: September 5th, 20234 min read
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You Can’t Ignore Waste

Waste is an ever-present concern across multiple industries, particularly when the production of goods is involved. According to Business Cost Saver, UK businesses generate just over 41 million tonnes of commercial and industrial waste every year. It’s an element of business that needs dealing with accordingly on a regular basis, and doing so requires time, money, and resources.

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It’s in any business’s best interests to reduce waste production. Doing so will not only save you money on dealing with waste with collections for example, but it will also limit the need to dedicate manpower to it. This allows your business to maintain focus on production itself, while also minimising your environmental impact in an increasingly eco-friendly world.

How You Can Reduce Waste

Stock Management

A common reason for having waste in your production process is having too much stock on site, which can result in wasted raw stock or materials. If you are a food producer, you might use certain ingredients that need to be used before they spoil. Mismanagement of stock might mean that at the end of your daily operations there could be a large quantity of these ingredients left in excess that would be no good the next day, and so they are thrown into waste.

Having a robust stock management system, like those available as part of our Essentials and Dynamic Traceability Systems, can help you optimise the usage of stock and reduce any excess stock being brought on to your site, which can both result in less waste being generated.

Accurate Measuring

In a similar sense, if you use too much or too little of a given ingredient in your production process, you might end up with spoiled batches that are no good. Accurate measuring in your weighing and collation processes can not only ensure that your products are produced consistently to a high quality, but it can help eliminate excess ingredients and keep the number of spoiled products to a minimum.

For this, you need good quality equipment that you can rely on. Using an electronic weighing scale like a bench or column scale that provides clear and accurate measuring is a great way to ensure quality and reduce the number of wasted products or ingredients.

Learning and Adapting

The above methods are effective practical solutions that will help the factory floor limit the amount of waste being produced. Ultimately, both can form key parts of a longer-term solution of using analytics and reports to prevent waste production in the future. By reviewing your processes, you can learn where in your business waste is being produced and why. You can then use this information to identify opportunities for changing elements of your production and reducing waste. This might include things like knowing exactly how much stock you should bring on-site and when, if you’re producing more products than necessary, if you could cut back on packaging items, and more.

This is a long-term solution that is aimed at preventing waste moving forward. At Stevens Traceability, we believe a preventative approach is always the most effective. With one of our systems, you’ll have access to paperless reporting and management capabilities that will help you identify and make the necessary changes.

If you’re looking to reduce the amount of waste your business generates through production, why not find out more about how a Stevens System can help. From our Essentials and Dynamic Traceability Systems that provide key insights and reporting capabilities to your production process, to our dedicated waste management module Waste Dynamic that supports continuous improvement and management of your business’s waste cycle – we can provide the tools to help you manage and optimise your processes.

Download our brochures on these systems below to learn more, or you can contact us here to get in touch with our team.

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