Lean Manufacturing Plastics & Rubber Industries

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Lean Manufacturing In Plastics & Rubber Industries

Lean Manufacturing is easily applicable in the Plastic and Rubber industries. Inventory control is essential for reducing lead times due to the variety of items. TPM helps to maintain the machines in good condition, which significantly lowers the breakdown rate, resulting in an increase in productivity and a reduction in rejections.

5S, TPM, TQM, & SMED are the key to a low carbon footprint in plastics.

Lean Production In Plastics For Profitability

The current trends in the plastics industry:

  • Ban on single-use plastic products
  • Increasing awareness of recycling and circular economy
  • Replacing plastics with eco-friendly products

The plastics industry will continue to receive pressure from multiple stakeholders.

The future trends in plastics:

  • Consumers will demand low-carbon footprint products. Consumers will choose brands that reduce carbon footprints and produce eco-friendly products
  • Socially conscious investors will focus on Environmental, Social, and Governance criteria followed by the organizations in their performance
  • Along with manufacturers and commercial companies, EU regulatory pressures to decarbonize the plastic product supply chains. EU is addressing plastic pollution and migration to a circular economy at a phenomenal pace. 90% of Europeans are worried about plastic pollution
  • Global agreement on new rules for packaging and packaging waste and on importing and exporting plastic waste
  • Circular manufacturing will be more mainstream, transforming the worldwide plastics manufacturing

The way forward in manufacturing plastics:

  • Execute Lean Manufacturing & create an efficient supply chain
  • Reduce, Recycle, and Reuse materials for Zero Waste
  • Create World Class Manufacturing using Lean principles, for minimal carbon footprint

Lean Manufacturing is applicable in:

  • Injection Molding
  • Roto-Molding
  • Blow Molding
  • Film and Tape Lines
  • Extrusion
  • Rubber

Benefits of Lean Manufacturing in Plastics and Rubber industries:

  • Low Space Requirement
  • Improved OEE, MTBF, MTTR of machines thru TPM
  • Spares Management
  • Low volume high variety manufacturing
  • Single Minute Exchange of Die (SMED)
  • High-Capacity utilization
  • Improved Profitability
  • Reduced cost of manufacturing

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