Sustainability has become an increasingly important issue in manufacturing as the global community seeks to reduce its carbon footprint and protect the environment. One aspect of sustainability often overlooked is the choice of fasteners used in manufacturing. Fasteners such as bolts, screws, and nuts are essential components of many products, and choosing environmentally friendly options can have a significant impact on the sustainability of the manufacturing process.
Ensuring your suppliers are in compliance with RoHS/REACH is a good baseline start to bringing sustainability to your manufacturing. RoHS bans the use of certain substances used in the making of electrical and electronic equipment such as lead, cadmium, and hexavalent chromium. REACH places responsibility on the industry to be transparent on its use of chemicals in manufacturing and report the properties of chemical substances to a central database. Bossard is actively working with our manufacturers to offer products that are in compliance with the European Union Environmental Directive and constantly monitor environmental RoHS/REACH directives.
One option for sustainable fasteners is to choose environmentally friendly coatings and fastener finish. A clean and environmentally friendly coating Bossard offers is a line of Tribological dry-coated fasteners. This type of coating is a non-electrolytically applied thin layer with integrated lubrication properties, protection against contact corrosion, and no risk of hydrogen embrittlement further saving on the potential for waste.
Additionally, it is essential to consider the end-of-life of fasteners when choosing environmentally friendly options. Fasteners that can be easily disassembled and reused or recycled are preferable to those that are difficult to disassemble or cannot be recycled. For example, stainless steel fasteners are a great choice to consider due to corrosion resistance, no additional finish requirement as well as ease of recycling.
Finally, choosing fasteners that are locally sourced can reduce the environmental impact of transportation. Sourcing fasteners from local suppliers reduces the distance that the products need to be transported, reducing carbon emissions and fuel consumption.
In addition, tracking usage over time by using big data and real-time analytics can also aid in procurement on an optimized schedule further reducing energy overhead in transport or storage. Analytics can also eliminate wastage due to excess inventory. Bossard’s ARIMs platform and Smart Factory Logistics can provide you with the data to optimize your C-parts procurement plan and aid in sustainability efforts.
In conclusion, choosing environmentally friendly fasteners is an easy way to make a significant impact on the sustainability of the manufacturing process. By choosing fasteners made from durable materials, prioritizing disassembly and recyclability, smart procurement planning, and sourcing locally, manufacturers can take an important step towards a more sustainable future.