At the manufacturing plant, Sanchar employs a variety of tactics to reduce waste in the supply chain:
Product Design- We examine the designs of products to identify where the use of raw materials can be reduced or expensive materials be replaced. Each component is reviewed to identify whether it can be manufactured or purchased for less money. When designing product packaging options, cheaper and less wasteful materials are considered.
Resource Management- Each production process is examined to minimize the waste of raw materials. In manufacturing operations, processes that waste material that cannot be recycled or reused are redesigned.
Use of Scrap Material- As well as minimizing the waste of raw materials in manufacturing processes, the reuse of waste material can be expanded. Improvements in the technology of reclaiming waste material have meant that we can reuse the material that was previously discarded as waste products. As recycling technology becomes more accessible, the costs inevitably will fall, helping with waste issues.
Improving Quality - Quality control is built into all manufacturing processes, but it usually is focused on the finished product rather than on minimizing waste. Quality management is included in the goal of minimizing the waste of raw materials as well as producing a quality product. Improving the overall quality of the manufacturing process will reduce waste overall as it will increase the quantity of finished goods that pass quality inspection.
Inventory Control- Having 100 percent control of your inventory is one of the most sure-fire ways to cut waste from our supply chain. With 100 percent inventory control, we can ensure that we are not making or ordering products when we might already have them on hand.
Employees Feedback- The ultimate goal of our supply chain optimization process is to supply your customers with what they want, when they want it—and to accomplish that by spending as little money as possible. One critical factor in spending as little money as possible is to eliminate as much as you can from the process. One of the most effective waste-identification techniques involves interviewing employees who work within the specific processes every day.
The targets of improved product design, resource management, quality improvement, and the usage of scrap metal are thought through after a thorough and detailed investigation that includes the input of front-line employees.