Industry efficiency has gotten a lot better since the 19th and 20th centuries. It’s been responsible for safer work practices, and it has created more jobs to keep the cycle of industry turning. But does it still have a long way to go?
Energy Efficiency is a Big Deal
The amount of energy it takes for a factory to get up and running, and that’s any kind of factory in any sector out there, is monumental. There can be more waste energy spouting out the top of a funnel into the sky above us than there is working in the walls of any home out there over the next 20 years – your gas and electricity bill would be incredibly easy for the corporations to pay off, even a hundred times over in one month.
Which is why it’s such a worry for the economic and environmental climate. The more waste that is put into the world, via the burning of fossil fuels or the manufacture of plastics and metals, the hotter the world becomes. Indeed, in the UK alone over the past four years, 142 million tonnes of electricity, at least, has gone into firing the factories of just a select few companies.
There’s New Tools to Work With
In the race to cut down on energy wastage and carbon footprints that arise from it, new and improved technologies are being innovated every day. The better the tools you work with, the faster work can be done. That means there’s less time for an energy bill to climb up and up.
Companies like Clamason Industries – Precision Engineering Specialists are just an example of the considerable focus being put on the tools we use; metal pressing is present in three big sectors around the globe, and it’s just one process of thousands in those three alone. Imagine what else is possible.
It’s a good thing that more and more people are taking it upon themselves to bring efficiency to workman’s tools, to make it easier for someone to learn the trade. After all, the mark of efficiency is a fast turn around and a low cost to go with it, and thus, it’s a lucrative market to get into.
What About the Human Element?
If they’re not behind the use of energy, and they’re not the ones innovating the new tech that makes manufacturing a doddle, then they’re the ones on the factory floor. And of course, that sparks a whole new debate, involving unfair shift lengths and work loads, and even a rising prevalence of workplace injuries.
Of course, not every business is going to suffer with allegations like these, but they’re becoming quite notorious in the news. Efficiency can be misused, with people being put to hard work they might not be trained for, or cannot undertake due to their health. It’s definitely food for thought for any entrepreneur looking to manufacture a product of their own.
The efficiency in industries can be a game of push and pull.