Environmental concerns are always a factor in any part of the manufacturing industry, and sometimes seem at odds with the cost of doing business. Fortunately, establishing environmental compliance, particularly if a company is proactive about it, can save money as well. But how can a company establish environmental compliance without breaking the budget?
First, figuring out the various ways in which your company needs to be environmentally compliant is critical. For example, every new project should be reviewed for compliance issues with an assessment process you can easily refer to every time. No need to reinvent the wheel! Simply establish protocol for identifying the environmental impact of new projects. How will wastewater be dealt with? How will air emissions be measured and affected?
But new projects aren’t the only source of environmental compliance. One of the most important pieces of compliance is facility change. Identifying potential circumstances or conditions that could trigger an environmental compliance obligation is the most proactive and cost effective way to handle compliance issues.
Equipment can also be a great way to establish environmental compliance while also saving on the bottom line. For example, reexamining your heating tanks may reveal that you could benefit from going to inline direct heating. It is easier to retrofit existing pipeline and tanks than you might think, and the savings in terms of wasted materials and escaped energy is tremendous. Because the technology is in place and static, you could even save a tremendous amount on floor space and reduce the temperature on the factory floor to boot.
Even a small change can potentially have a large impact on regulatory requirements. Why not make a small change with a small piece of equipment like a static mixer or inline heater that will make a big difference to your process and your costs?