Material Utilization Studies can pay significant dividends, even when the materials under study are not overly expensive, pound for pound. This is because we always look beyond the material costs, to include procurement, handling, machining, any value-added processing, shipping and end-of-life costs as well. Taken altogether, our Material Utilization Studies can reveal if your use of materials, parts, supplies or goods is delivering all of the value that it could and should.
• Most material utilization studies are focused on the materials that are used within a plant or facility. In these cases we prepare a detailed breakdown of every pound – what it truly cost and verifiably earned – and display our findings to reveal the specific areas of opportunity in a clear light.
• Some of the potential areas of opportunity may include; improved material inspection procedures, handling procedures, equipment preparation and set-up protocols, retooling, scrap reduction measures including repurposing, recycling and reusing scrap, improved rework processes, and disposal redirections to avoid tipping fees by redirecting your wastes where they can serve as someone else’s valuable inputs.
• Other material utilization studies are intended to examine the costs and benefits of materials that are used by your third-party contractors, at your request. One notable example of this is all of the paper materials that are used in direct mail, transaction print, advertising circulars, annual reports and other forms of commercial and corporate printed materials. For many organizations, these forms of ‘Enterprise Print’ constitute an enormous cost factor and a significant (WRI/WBCSD Scope 3) component of a company’s carbon footprint.
• In every case, we quantify the current efficiency and efficacy of existing materials utilization levels, and propose improvements that would effectively accomplish the same or similar results, while realizing valuable improvements to your cost structures and environmental impacts.
• We always pay very close attention to materials when we prepare a greenhouse gas footprint, because of the significant amounts of embodied emissions that are frequently involved, particularly with metals, plastics or papers.