In our third month we 're looking at our environmental and logistic operations.
Operations Manager, Michael Newman looks at ways of improving the business both internally and externally here at Tridan Engineering. For this month's case studies Michael Newman talks about the environmental and logistic improvements made at Tridan Engineering to decrease our carbon footprint and increase our environmental contribution .
We'll also be sharing what environmental improvements that we're planning for the future.
Everything we do is precision focused so our task was to find those small areas of improvement and showcase how they make an overall big improvement.
Next month we'll be looking at our HR and conventional improvements.
As a business, we have had a good track record with our Apprentice retention and success but not all made the grade. We analysed why this might be and concluded that we may not be getting as much as we possibly could from our interview process. Looking back at previous intakes successes and failures we found that the people that interviewed well were not always the ones that succeeded within the organisation.
We took a hard look at our interview process, identified what we would like to get from it and what we would like to find out about our candidates. The results were surprising. We found out that it was not just an interest and understanding of engineering we required but an understanding of how these young people ticked and interacted with their peers.
From here we devised a two-part interview process, the first part being a formal interview. From this we invited the successful candidates back for a practical exercise where they are split into small groups. Last year we picked a bridge building day where the candidates had to construct a bridge using only the material provided to span a specified gap which would hold the maximum possible weight.
This worked brilliantly and enabled us to make a much more rounded decision when offering apprenticeships because we could observe the candidates in a relevant environment within a group situation whilst resolving an engineering problem.
REDUCTION IN PAPER & INK USAGE
We have seen a much higher success rate of apprentice retention since the implementation of this new interview strategy. I wonder what the next apprentice challenge will be?
REDUCTION IN PAPER & INK USAGE
As an aerospace and defence supplier we're very record heavy and retain a lot of records. Our paper and ink usage is one of the environmental aspects we have looked at improving to ensure we're only printing when really necessary.
Our previous procedures stated that we had to have paper copies of our customer records including purchase orders, this meant 100's of documents were being printed and stored for long periods of time, so you can imagine how much paper had been sitting in the office!
We had a meeting to discuss these procedures and eventually had them re-written. It was clear that printing all of these documents was simply un-necessary so we started to store purchase orders and customer records digitally, reducing our paper usage by 50%. At Tridan we believe it's important to think before you print and we encourage all of our staff to print only when needed.
Energy consumption -LED LIGHTING
As a business, we're always looking at ways to improve our energy efficiency whilst also improving the working environment for our staff here at Tridan.
Back in 2014 we embarked on a factory improvement project. One of the main objectives was to reduce our carbon footprint by removing all of the old Metal Halide lighting from the factory floor and replacing it with energy efficient LED lighting. After researching the costs and energy savings of different light fittings we decided that LED lighting was the way forward. After having the LED lighting fitted we would see an energy saving of 254 watts and a lifetime saving of £33,450 over a 5 year period.
The new LED lighting not only improved our energy consumption but also the working environment for the staff working on the shop floor. The project was so successful that we are now in the process of upgrading all of the office lighting with LED lights.
PACKAGING AT TRIDAN
Where possible we use packaging from incoming goods to ensure we are contributing to environmental improvement and re-using material when we can. The decision to purchase of an industrial shredder was also made so that all of the waste paper now is shredded and then re-used for packaging. We have therefore seen a reduction in polystyrene chipping which was previously used a lot more for our packaging.
ACCREDITations & POLICIES
In 2011 we gained accreditation for the environmental management system - ISO 14001. We also have our energy mission and environmental policy which complies with the IS0 14001 standards. These environmental standards are updated every four years and we are now ready to be audited for the new standards - ISO 142015.
NEW VAN, BETTER FUEL
Fuel and emissions is one of the environmental impacts we have looked at improving to ensure we are reducing our carbon footprint. The recent purchase of the Vauxhall Movano, our delivery vehicle, has replaced and reduced the size of the previous van. The Movano is the most fuel-efficient vehicle in its class at 42.8mpg. The new, fuel efficient, van is another step towards reducing our carbon footprint and contributing towards a greener environment.
We have also reduced the amount of time the van is spent on the road, from 5 days a week to 3. We have organised delivery schedules to ensure that where possible one trip to two customers close by can be made instead of two separate trips over the week. For the other two days, we prefer to use couriers if required.
HYBRID COMPANY CAR
Our MD now has the latest Mitsubishi hybrid, used as a company car. The vehicle charges at a cost of just 95p, giving the vehicle 33 miles pure electric driving. However, as it is a hybrid, if driven economically it can achieve 166mpg, coupled with 41G/Km ultra-low CO2 emissions.
Do you have an upcoming project that you'd like Tridan to take a look at and instil our marginal gain philosophy?
Please get in touch below and we'll get the wheels in motion.