May 17, 2020

[VIDEO] How Atlas Copco utilizes lean manufacturing

lean manufacturing
atlas copco
2 min
[VIDEO] How Atlas Copco utilizes lean manufacturing
Lean manufacturing has become a way of life at Atlas Copco. The Swediesh manufacturer has taken the principles and applied them into action, helping to...

Lean manufacturing has become a way of life at Atlas Copco. The Swediesh manufacturer has taken the principles and applied them into action, helping to reduce costs, improve performance, and in the process, increase quality.

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For Atlas, the days of readily accessible components are coming to an end. Instead of having materials preassembled on the line, Atlas Copco will only bring out the components the operator needs for the machine they are working on. Their new assembly lines are completely redesigned to compliment the lean methodology. 

“Lean manufacturing is about the elimination of waste,” said Joris Derde, process engineer. “We concentrate on the tasks that add value to the product. We eliminate all other tasks that are not giving added value.”

Other aspects of lean include:  carriers on wheels, handheld modern electrical tools to ensure the perfect amount of torque and necessary screws are used, and even a barcode-based traceability system to guarantee the right components are stored in each unit.

According to Derde, quality is the first concern for Atlas Copco.

“By implementing the principles of lean manufacturing, we reduced the total amount of components; we reduced the working time and by doing so we we’re able to reduce the amount of work stations. And we were even able to improve the quality. So it was a win-win situation.”

With the help of lean manufacturing, Atlas Copco has been able to increase on-time delivery by 15 percent, as well as improving overall quality by 11 percent. The benefits of lean manufacturing have spawned other innovative ideas.

In Wilrijk, Belgium, Atlas Copco built a new production line utilizing sustainable design and state-of-the-art production processes. According to Atlas, the facility was built in line with LEED best practices.

“The factory was built in accordance with Atlas Copco’s globally accepted Sustainable Building Standard and in line with LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) best practices has lately been certified by IGBC (Indian Green Building Council) as a GOLD rated Green Factory Building. Extra attention was given to energy-efficient design and technology to limit environmental impact and to reduce the use of energy and natural resources during the construction phase, as well as future plant operation. The project could get maximum credit points for its rainwater harvesting system. The system ensures that no rainwater will run off site during a monsoon but instead get collected in a natural pool. The collected rainwater will supplement local groundwater during dry periods.”

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Dec 3, 2020

Net zero benefits the mining industry and the environment

digital mining
Dan Brightmore
3 min
Learn how to future proof your business for a zero-carbon world with help from Emitwise and the Oren Marketplace.
Learn how to future proof your business for a zero-carbon world with help from Emitwise and the Oren Marketplace...

How do we get the world to net-zero faster?

Emitwise’s founders, Mauro Cozzi, Eduardo Gómez and Ben Peddie, approached a network of more than 100 of the world's largest enterprises and asked their CEOs, CFOs, and sustainability managers the big question: How do we get the world to net-zero faster? The challenge many shared was the lack of timely and accurate emissions data to enable strategic decisions. Companies often relied on annual audits of their carbon footprint for carbon accounting purposes. However, static yearly results were outdated upon publishing.

Emitwise saves companies an average of 260 working days a year by automating their scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions data. With the added benefits of clean audit trails and auto-populated accounting reports in line with GHG Protocol, all at the click of a button. Their easy to use solution enables businesses to quickly identify the carbon hotspots to target, and the precise real-time data empowers teams to remain agile and respond effectively, making achieving those goals possible.

Unique AI Technology

Emitwise’s unique AI technology empowers businesses to automatically measure, report and reduce their carbon footprint across their operations and supply chain, future-proofing companies for a zero-carbon world. It is the only solution that enables companies to fully automate their carbon accounting across all business units and suppliers, therefore liberating them from the drudgery of collecting and processing emissions data.

By using artificial intelligence to precisely measure emissions in real-time, businesses can identify and tackle carbon hotspots swiftly, enabling them to devise a trackable roadmap to net-zero carbon. At the same time, accurate audit trails and auto-populated annual reports ensure that companies comply with international reporting requirements, and align businesses with global climate targets to mitigate risk across their operations and supply chain. 

The Oren Marketplace

Environmental management, social license to operate, safety, renewable energy to lower emissions and operational efficiency for mining can be supported by a range of digital solutions enabling dynamic operations. To address these issues, Shell and IBM joined forces to create the Oren Marketplace – the first B2B solutions platform for the mining sector. 

With the adoption of many of the digital solutions offered through Oren, mining companies can adapt in real-time to risks or adjust plans ahead of a problem occurring. The goal is a shift towards proactive management as the optimal outcome for all stakeholders – community, shareholders, and employees.

Emitwise was founded with the goal of helping industries across all sectors reduce their carbon footprint. Similarly, Shell aims to become a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050, or sooner, in step with society and its customers. And Oren is focused on offering innovative products and services that can help mining companies track and reduce their emissions. 

“Oren is the starting point for how we help our mining customers to de-carbonise,” explains Carol Chen, Global Lubricants Marketing, Vice President, Shell. “It’s our ambition to work with sectors like mining to help them find their own pathway to net-zero emissions through collaboration. The Oren marketplace offers a great opportunity for collaboration between the miners and technology companies that are joining this digital marketplace.” 

Web Summit

Emitwise will be showcasing its vision for a net-zero future live from Lisbon at this year’s Web Summit. Bringing together the people and companies redefining the global tech industry, the online event welcomes 100,000+ attendees from around the world to hear from more than 800 speakers and view offerings from 2,500 startups covering a vast range of topics from Data Science and Climate Change to AI and Machine Learning. To find out more and book your ticket visit Web Summit. 

Emitwise is one of many solutions providers on the Oren platform seeking to address the pain points and environmental concerns of heavy industries like mining. To discover a range of solutions that can further support your operation’s digital transformation and commitment to sustainability, visit the Oren Marketplace.

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