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Sustainability in Manufacturing

Sustainable manufacturing is playing a big role in shaping industrial operations. It plays the role of providing processes that are non-polluting, and conserve energy and other resources.

Why is sustainable manufacturing important?

To achieve corporate success and economic profit, there are sustainable manufacturing practices that need to be adopted: 

  • Introducing more attractive, sustainable, and higher-value products to market. 

  • Improving operational performance - with a particular focus on reducing energy consumption and quality defects.

  • Reducing indirect costs such as employee travel, supply chains, inventory management and machine inefficiencies.

These practices are driven by the environmental impacts manufacturers can influence: 

  • Decarbonisation of production by reducing direct emissions of greenhouse gases and particles. 

  • Reduction of energy consumption.

  • Reduction of indirect greenhouse gas emissions directly related to employee travel, raw materials, inputs, suppliers and resellers.

The impacts of manufacturers on the environment must be reduced to a neutral level. Industrial companies can use powerful tools such as computer-aided design (CAD), Augmented Reality (AR) software, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions, as well as product lifecycle management (PLM) software.

The use of these tools shortens product development times and ultimately reduces the indirect carbon footprint of a product.


The basic principle of sustainable production: the right measure

An important rule for environmentally compatible products is that they must meet the specified requirements as precisely as possible - more, no less. A poorly designed product has a higher risk of failure and additional maintenance costs. Digital technologies are unlocking new possibilities for the cleaner manufacturing process and safer, more environmentally friendly products.


Global Power Leader Cummins Optimizes New product Designs to Prioritize Sustainability

As a global leader in social and environmental responsibility, Cummins is committed to doing their part to create a more sustainable, prosperous world. That’s why Cummins launched PLANET 2050. Learn how a leader in the power solutions sector continues its proud history of innovation by creating more sustainable products and operations.

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