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Sustainability Within Manufacturing

Manufacturing is always evolving. One of the ways manufacturers are advancing the industry is by prioritizing sustainability and working to transform to clean energy. In honor of Earth Day, SME looks at some of the people behind the push for more sustainable manufacturing and the most recent sustainability initiatives happening within the manufacturing community.

Creativity and innovation within manufacturing help drive the change we see in the world. Earth Day is a moment in time when individuals unite in a call for creativity, innovation, ambition, and bravery to see a change for good to all. #EarthDay2021 is an annual event celebrated around the world to demonstrate support for environmental protection.

Under the lean manufacturing system, seven wastes are identified: defects, inventory, motion, over-processing, overproduction, transport, and waiting. Now more than ever we’ve seen manufactures put a priority on their environmental responsibility through initiatives targeted to combat waste. Manufacturers are taking a serious look at product improvements, increased efficiency, green initiatives, and more sustainable production methods.

Explore SME’s recent features that bring attention to the importance of sustainability within manufacturing:

Marie Langer

Young CEO takes up mantle of 'responsible manufacturing'

A conversation with SME Contributing Editor, Kip Hanson and EOS CEO, Marie Langer where they discuss current production processes, a plan to achieve more sustainability within manufacturing, and what her long-terms goals look like for EOS.
eaton

Eaton Vehicle Group Plans Add Environmental Tech, Systems

Power management company Eaton announced its Vehicle Group is installing a variety of sustainable technologies at global manufacturing facilities to reduce the company’s environmental footprint.
supply chain

Pandemic Adaptive Supply Chains: A Future-Proof Approach

As we reopen and rebuild our economy, we must focus on sustainable manufacturing operations that are pandemic adaptive, resilient, and secure.
guitar

Building Custom Guitars Cost-Effectively from Sustainable Materials

Born Custom Guitars uses high-quality, sustainably-sourced wood for every guitar in a shop that automates the production of guitar bodies and necks. Environmentally conscious manufacturing like this will help evolve the industry or the better.
Alan Rooks

Making Sustainability Part of Manufacturing

While coping with the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed other manufacturing issues to the side, in the long-term those issues remain. One is making manufacturing more sustainable.
smart 25 leaders to watch

25 Leaders Transforming Manufacturing

Among these 25 manufacturing leaders are a few individuals who are prioritizing sustainability and working to transform to clean and sustainable energy while establishing strong sustainable manufacturing best practices.
 

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