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Here’s how to reduce the possibility of ‘production scrap’

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All manufacturers are aware of the possibility of ‘production scrap’ even when all they strive hard for is the production of flawless products. It is a truth widely acknowledged that wherever quality standards are looked after, the inevitability of the creation of a certain amount of scrap comes in. Basically, what amounts to scrap is wastage in the form of metal shavings or debris and faulty products which result from a manufacturing activity.

To elaborate, in the processing of copper, whatever copper is unable to meet the specified level of quality norms and is rejected for further processing becomes the part of copper scrap. Hence, scrap can be seen as something that indicates the level of incompetence of the manufacturing process. It is viewed as a physical manifestation of time, money and efforts that have been wasted.

So, now the question is how to reduce the amount of scrap during production in order to save money? Read on to find out two of the proven ideas that you can apply to your production processes and save money.

#1: Make use of exact tools and equipment for a specific job: This makes sense especially when you are looking forward to the ways of saving your processes from generating scrap. Avoiding the creation of excess scrap would mean that you need to make your process precision-based. That is to say in this situation, you cannot make just any cut on the product’s surface. You need to be very precise in order to reduce the amount of scrap generated from the entire process. The tools and techniques that you would use to profile metals would be the deciding factor of how much tolerant you need to get with the scrap creation. This also boils down to one thing that with a mere revision of the design of your components and parts, you can work towards making your manufacturing processes scrap-proof.

#2: To keep human errors at minimum, avoid manual handling of delicate parts: The more automated systems get, the better. Automation not only addresses the safety of workers by minimizing their role in risky conditions, but it also takes care of the parts that are being assembled. The fact that machines never stop working unless they break down or demand maintenance and service (which is too once in a while) makes them have the edge over workers who tend to tire, fell sick, get injured, etc. more often than not. If you have the scope for automation, then prefer to automate and bring your manufacturing process many steps closer to perfection. By automating, you will set up a machine to handle a given task with a fair amount of precision, which will in turn lower the amount of wastage and thus, generate less scrap.

Now the thing is that even if you apply these ideas that focus on helping you reduce the amount of waste generated during the production stage, you cannot totally avoid scrap. Scrap is going to be there; all you can do is control the extent of its creation. But what is to be done with the scrap that you cannot ignore to generate? How about recovering money from copper recycling prices or whatever metal you are using for the manufacture of your product? Yes, you can hand scrap metal over to the recyclers and ask for copper scrap price. This would surely help to mitigate the loss due to wastage.

In conclusion, as soon as you make your production super efficient, you can bring down the extent of scrap metal you think of generating. This would need you to take into consideration everything and everyone involved in the process of production. And the scrap copper metal that you cannot avoid generating can be traded with the recyclers at a copper recycling price. After all, a smart businessman leaves no chance of alleviating his loss.

 

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Build, Buy, Or Retrofit? 3 Green Housing Considerations

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Green housing is in high demand, but it’s not yet widely available, posing a serious problem: if you want to live an eco-friendly lifestyle, do you invest in building something new and optimize it for sustainability, or do you retrofit a preexisting building?

The big problem when it comes to choosing between these two options is that building a new home creates more waste than retrofitting specific features of an existing home, but it may be more efficient in the long-run. For those concerned with waste and their environmental footprint, the short term and long term impacts of housing are in close competition with each other.

New Construction Options

One reason that new construction is so desired among green living enthusiasts is that it can be built to reflect our highest priorities. Worried about the environmental costs of heating your home? New construction can be built using passive solar design, a strategy that uses natural light and shade to heat or cool the home. Builders can add optimal insulation, build with all sustainable materials, and build exactly to the scale you need.

In fact, scale is a serious concern for new home buyers and builders alike. Individuals interested in green housing will actively avoid building more home than they need – scaling to the square foot matter because that’s more space you need to heat or cool – and this is harder to do when buying. You’re stuck with someone else’s design. In this vein, Missouri S&T’s Nest Home design, which uses recycled shipping containers, combines the tiny home trend with reuse and sustainability.

The Simple Retrofit

From an environmental perspective, there’s an obvious problem with building a new home: it’s an activity of mass consumption. There are already 120 million single-family homes and duplexes in the United States; do we really need more?

Extensive development alone is a good enough reason to intelligently retrofit an existing home rather than building new green structures, but the key is to do so with as little waste as possible. One option for retrofitting older homes is to install new smart home technology that can automate home regulation to reduce energy use.

Real estate agent Roxanne DeBerry sees clients struggle with issues of efficiency on a regular basis. That’s why she recommends tools like the Nest Thermostat, which develops a responsive heating and cooling schedule for the home and can be remotely adjusted via smartphone. Other smart tools for home efficiency include choosing Energy Star appliances and installing water-saving faucets and low-pressure toilets. These small changes add up.

Big Innovations

Ultimately, the most effective approach to green housing is likely to be aggressive retrofitting of everything from period homes to more recent construction. This will reduce material use where possible and prevent further aggressive land use. And finally, designers, activists, and engineers are coming together to develop such structures.

In the UK, for example, designers are interested in finding ways to adapt period houses for greater sustainability without compromising their aesthetics. Many have added solar panels, increased their insulation levels, and recently they even developed imitation sash triple glazed windows. As some have pointed out, the high cost of heating these homes without such changes will push these homes out of relevance without these changes. This is a way of saving existing structures.

Harvard is also working on retrofitting homes for sustainability. Their HouseZero project is designed for near-zero energy use and zero carbon emissions using geothermal heating and temperature radiant surfaces. The buildings bridge the gap between starting over and putting up with unmanageable heating and cooling bills.

It will take a long time to transition the majority of individuals to energy efficient, green housing but we’re headed in the right direction. What will your next home be like? As long as the answer is sustainable, you’re part of the solution to our chronic overuse – of land, energy, water, and more.

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How the Auto Industry is Lowering Emissions

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Currently, the automotive industry is undergoing an enormous change in a bid to lower carbon emissions. This has been pushed by the Government and their clean air plans, where they have outlined a plan to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040.

Public Health Crisis

It is said that the levels of air pollution lead to 40,000 early deaths in the UK, with London being somewhere that is particularly bad. This has led to the new T-Charge, where heavy polluting cars will pay a new charge on top of the existing congestion charge. Other cities have taken action too, with Oxford recently announcing that they will be banning petrol and diesel cars from the city centre by 2020.

Eco-Friendly Vehicles

It is clear that the Government is taking action, but what about the auto industry? With the sale of petrol and diesel plummeting and a sharp rise in alternatively fuelled vehicles, it is clear that the industry is taking note and switching focus to green cars. There are now all kinds of fantastic eco-friendly cars available and a type to suit every motorist whether it is a small city car or an SUV.

Used Cars

Of course, it is the cars that are currently on the road that are causing the problem. The used car market is enormous and filled with polluting automobiles, but there are steps that you can take to avoid dangerous automobiles. It is now more important than ever to get vehicle checks carried out through HPI, as these can reveal important information about the automobile’s past and they find that 1 in 3 cars has a hidden secret of some kind. Additionally, they can now perform recall checks to see if the manufacturer has recalled that particular automobile. This allows people to shop confidently and find vehicles that are not doing as much damage to the environment as others.

Public Perception

With the rise in sales of alternatively fuelled vehicles, it is now becoming increasingly more common to see them on UK roads. Public perception has changed drastically in the last few years and this is because of the air pollution crisis, as well as the fact that there are now so many different reasons to switch to electric cars, such as Government grants and no road tax. A similar change in public opinion has happened in the United States, with electric car sales up by 47% in 2017.

Progress

The US is leading the way for lowering emissions as they have declined by 758 million metric tons since 2005, which is the largest amount by far with the UK in second with a decline of 170 million metric tons. Whilst it is clear that these two nations are doing a good job, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done in order to improve the air quality and stop so many premature deaths as a result of pollution.

With the Government’s plans, incentives to make the change and a change in public perception, it seems that the electric car revolution is fully underway.

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