Manufacturers are embracing a sustainable approach that is integral to Smart Manufacturing, says Lisa Anderson, President of LMA Consulting Group Inc. This approach relies on the use of artificial intelligence (AI) as well as improvements in packaging, products, recyclability, and energy and waste reduction which results in sustainability and cost savings.
Upgraded facilities, along with new, cleaner technologies and more conscientious suppliers, can help increase sustainability for these companies notorious for pollution and waste. By working with the extended supply chain and enlisting AI and the Internet of Things (IoT) to improve the end-to-end supply chain flow and logistics, the improvements have yielded additional results. Manufacturers are now redesigning products and processes, reducing materials and waste while improving environmental considerations—which will have a positive impact on the supply chain.
And, as a greater number of manufacturers are looking at the possibilities, they are finding even more opportunities for improvement and even substantial breakthroughs, Anderson said.
So far, the results are outstanding from a cost-savings standpoint and as well as for sustainability. Ms. Anderson’s recently published eBook, Future-Proofing Manufacturing & the Supply Chain Post COVID-19 provides insights, advice, and experiential value for creating the customer experience.