Tuesday, June 18, 2013

How to get "Better Through Lean" in only 10 minutes

Discover how advanced your company is in becoming a Lean organisation by taking our 10 minute “Better Through Lean™” assessment.
The core idea of Lean Manufacturing is to maximise customer value while minimising waste. Simply, Getting better through Lean means creating more value for customers with fewer resources.
A Lean organisation understands customer value and focuses its key processes to continuously increase it. The ultimate goal is to provide perfect value to the customer through a perfect value creation process that has zero waste.
To accomplish this, Lean thinking changes the focus of management from optimising separate technologies, assets, and vertical departments to optimising the flow of products and services through entire value streams that flow horizontally across technologies, assets, and departments to customers.
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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Energy efficiency - the new challenge for industry

Energy efficiency, in particular electricity usage, is a new challenge for industry with impending price rises likely. How do you know if your energy efficiency program (if you have one) is working for you and how to avoid the five common misconceptions about energy efficiency.

Most energy consultants focus on technology solutions such as LED lighting, more efficient air compressors, thermal insulation, and many others. Each of these can certainly be justified, but each requires capital investment, and most do not impact on the major consumer – your production processes.

QMI Solutions has been assisting companies reduce the cost of their electricity and introduce energy efficiency programs, achieving excellent results with minimal capital investment. This is because the approach of QMI Solutions is different. As process experts, we focus on the major consumers of electricity – your production processes. Understanding where your energy is going, and how much of it is productive can identify previously unrealised opportunities. Often the solutions are simple, requiring no capital investment and only a change in practice. A typical QMI Solutions project results in improved energy efficiency including cost savings of 10% through reduced energy consumption, and 10% through reduced peak usage charges.

Many businesses have already taken action. Some have changed their lighting, upgraded their air compressors, and changed to other energy sources. However, there is still much low-hanging fruit, but there are common misconceptions which prevent businesses from further reducing the cost of their electricity. From our practical experience, there are some common misconceptions of which industry should be wary.

Five common energy efficiency misconceptions preventing business from reducing the cost of their electricity:

  1. My electricity is cheap, the price on my bill is only a few cents per kilowatt hour
  2. I have already changed my lighting and upgraded my compressor, there is nothing more I can do
  3. Power Factor Correction will reduce my electricity bill
  4. A vendor says this small box will reduce my electricity bill
  5. The peak usage charge makes my electricity more expensive for the rest of the month
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