Effective industrial recycling can bring cost efficiencies and productivity improvements. The challenge though is how to make it happen when you are too busy to down tools in your business.
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It accompanies this blog post now and will show you ways to be a more Progressive, Productive and Profitable in your business.
Have you have heard the expression ‘working smart’? You might even be sick of the sound of it because you know the reality of a busy workshop or factory. It need not be hard though. It takes some planning and also an understanding of where technology meets the skills of your team and the operational demands of your machinery.
Use only trained staff on your industrial recycling machines
OK so you’ll just have to pretend that your industrial shredder or briquette press is a sports car for now but bear with me. You should understand how it works, what any strange noises mean, what flashing lights mean, what you can and can’t put in the tank and have it regularly serviced to keep it in the best condition and running well.
Also, think about this…as much as you love your 18-year-old nephew, you wouldn’t let him drive your beloved car without any insurance or before passing his test would you? Goes without saying that ‘no’ would be the answer and you should have this in mind when a shredder is installed and a non-trained operator is going to be working it on a daily basis.
If an operator isn’t sufficiently trained it can make insurance null and void, which could leave you with a very hefty sum to pay and even worse, a seriously injured member of staff.
Outperforming your competitors
Small gains make a big difference. When you make your business more efficient then it impacts your price, customer satisfaction and industry reputation. Respecting all three of these has become vital. The internet has created such a level playing field around price that either you match your competitors or you find a way to differentiate and offer something more. The danger is getting pulled into a commodity price war. This is no good for your business and we’ve seen it in our clients.
Thankfully though, customer experience – even staff satisfaction – has become something you can promote and use to your advantage. If you can motivate staff to do the best they can and love the tools they work with and get to know them inside out, this will definitely put you ahead of the game.
Identifying ways to improve your business
These factors have affected Fercell. We have to be price conscious but we also looked at how we could provide an even better service. It required us to think about what our clients need to ‘work smarter’.
To be honest that has made us realise we don’t talk enough about the work that goes into servicing our clients. It is all too easy to forget that what we do as second nature is remarkable and of value to others. Looking at how you can improve the effectiveness and efficiency of your factory we have identified three areas to focus on. Of course it means having the best technology but it’s about getting the most from it.
We’ve called it the “3 Ps”. It’s about being Progressive, Productive and Profitable. Everything that a business would hope to be in order to be the best comes from these three areas. How do you stop doing what you’ve always done though? Read on for what the 3 Ps mean for your business.
Progressive – Technology moves so fast these days and slight adjustments can make a big difference. If you knew that by changing a piece of machinery you could double your factory’s output you’d seriously consider a new purchase the same day.
But let’s say you’re getting bogged down with the day-to-day running of the business and you’ve got a stressed out worker with a broken briquette press because he over-loaded it while trying to do his job quicker, how will you ever find time to keep up-to-date with this new tech? It’s a snowball effect, one problem is leading into another and having a knock on effect.
Start right at the bottom, provide training to staff to pick up issues, book regular services and routine maintenance on machinery and systems and you’ll have time to read those newsletters piling up in your inbox instead of hitting delete or browse some magazines or social media, both business and personal!
Productive – Communication is key, get building those relationships. Get in touch with your suppliers, drop them an email once a month or ask your operations manager to give them a quick buzz.
Our operations manager diarises this, she asks what the latest models of extraction or size-reduction machinery are, if there are any sales or price drops and what may soon be discontinued. Some of our closest suppliers ring us now when a new model is in stock and they give us a great price so it’s definitely worth being organised about.
This of course then feeds into our third P, if you can save money on consumable items, knives and service call outs, it all adds up and can be added back to your bottom line.
Profitable – Recycling isn’t just about the good it does for the environment, although of course this is a huge motivator. These raw materials can also make money for your business, which would feel great wouldn’t it! If you knew that you were putting revenue back into your bottom line and doing the best for environment you’d say ‘sign me up’ immediately I’m guessing.
There are a few little things you can do here and there if you haven’t quite got the time to organise bagging recycled materials, transportation and selling it all quite yet. That’s something you can work up to rather than handing it all over to a recycling company who reap the benefits.
One thing you may not know, is if you turn your rotor knives on your shredder just before they are worn you can more than double their life. If you don’t rotate the four sides you aren’t making the most of them and they’ll need changing within a year.
Flat, dull blunt knives mean they start working like a hammer and the efficiency is gone. You’ll also end up with some mismatched, misshapen,material chunks which will make it harder to recycle and receive money for.
How to be more Progressive, Productive and Profitable
These are all things that you probably already know but haven’t had time to think about or haven’t passed onto your team yet. Be sure to fire off some quick emails while you can and the three Ps will start to fall into place.
If you didn’t grab our checklist already, then be sure to do so now. At Fercell we are committed to you getting the best out of your recycling systems. It is why we offer a complete service and it is how we help your business be Progressive, Productive and Profitable in your business.
Below are a few questions which will help you to think about changes in your business relating to the 3 Ps, that you would like to make and will help you work smarter in 2018.
- Would you like to organise training for staff on your industrial shredder, recycling equipment?
- Do you need to be more health and safety aware in your factory?
- Would you like to learn how to perform a health-check on your industrial shredder?
If you answered ‘yes’ to one or more of these questions we are confident we can help your business become more progressive, productive and profitable.