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Walmart Breaks Ground on High-Tech, Efficient Grocery Distribution Center

Walmart Breaks Ground on High-Tech, Efficient Grocery Distribution Center

Walmart plans to break ground on a new high-tech grocery distribution center in Shafter, California. Computer algorithms deployed at the facility are expected to improve efficiency, lower transportation costs, and reduce food waste.

Las Vegas Coconut Facility Tapped for Zero Waste Certification

Las Vegas Coconut Facility Tapped for Zero Waste Certification

When it comes to zero-waste certified businesses, Las Vegas has been a desert – but this week, a minority-owned coconut supplier announced that it has received TRUE (Total Resource Use and Efficiency) Zero Waste certification for its tapping and branding facility. Coco Taps, a local company that supplies fresh coconuts to … Read more »

Three Ways Organizations Can Prepare for the Circular Economy

Three Ways Organizations Can Prepare for the Circular Economy

This summer, Starbucks built on previous commitments to the circular economy by pledging to eliminate plastic straws from their stores by 2020, replacing them with a novel recyclable lid design. The coffee house giant was just the latest in an increasingly long line of corporations such as Philips, H&M, Unilever, … Read more »

Storms Send Wastewater Cascading into City Waterways

Storms Send Wastewater Cascading into City Waterways

Tropical Storm Michael caused more than a million gallons of untreated wastewater to overflow from various facilities in Greensboro, North Carolina. This is the second time this fall that storms caused sewage overflows in the city, according to the News & Record: flooding during Hurricane Florence last month also sent … Read more »

General Motors Texas Facility Now 100% Powered by the Wind

General Motors Texas Facility Now 100% Powered by the Wind

The Arlington, Texas, manufacturing facility of General Motors is, as of October 9, getting 100% of its energy from the nearby Cactus Flats Wind Farm, a 148-megawatt facility based in Concho County. General Motors’ business offices in Fort Worth and Austin, as well as other facilities throughout the state, will also be … Read more »

Waste Connections Deploys Top Tech to Reach Significant Reduction Goals

Waste Connections Deploys Top Tech to Reach Significant Reduction Goals

Waste Connections, a solid waste services company, is using a variety of technology solutions to reach significant sustainability goals including optical sorting machines, anaerobic digesters, and gas recovery systems…

Toyota Forklift Manufacturer Leverages IoT, Sees Quick Success

Toyota Forklift Manufacturer Leverages IoT, Sees Quick Success

The Internet of Things (IoT) is being increasingly adopted to help improve the efficiency of manufacturing processes and equipment across a variety of industries, and Toyota Material Handling is one company aiming for a fully connected plant. The forklift and truck lift producer has three plants and 8,400 workers in the US. Senior VP Alan Cseresznyak says the company can reduce downtime and improve performance with IoT and predictive analysis across its three US plants (via Forbes).

The company started small and has already seen one quick success in identifying a poorly running machine. Cseresznyak used an operational machine learning system from Falkonry LRS to analyze welding machines at its plant in Columbus, Indiana. He analyzed 62,000 machines in under three minutes and came up with a simple data set on which welds were superior, good, normal and poor. Based on that information, the system learned how to identify good welds, analyzed results in real time, and pinpointed a machine that was consistently operating at a level that was below satisfactory. By improving the performance of that machine, the plant was able to increase efficiency, Cseresznyak told Forbes.

Food manufacturers are also increasingly seeking areas for improvement within their operations and are turning to technology to boost efficiencies and reduce costs, says Tetra Pak, a food processing and packaging solutions company. Tetra Pak has launched a new plant management service that uses cutting-edge technology like IoT and artificial intelligence to audit all the equipment and systems across a customer’s value chain and identify opportunities for improvements.

IoT can also be leveraged by manufacturers in terms of resource management. For example, by putting trackers on devices to make sure data points are tracked more effectively, water leaks can be detected and stopped. “We see a point of consumption that doesn’t make sense given the history of consumption at that site and the benchmark,” Mathias Lelievre, Engie Insight’s chief executive officer, told Environmental Leader earlier this year.

Energy consumption can be tracked this way, as well. “The IoT can bring a lot of value,” Lelievre said. “With the IoT coming in, more data will be real-time. You can find more projects … that will result in savings, less consumption, and have a great impact. That’s a sign of hope despite the challenges we have with global warming and climate change.”

 

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PepsiCo Skyrockets Use of 100% Sustainable Plastic with Loop Industries

PepsiCo Skyrockets Use of 100% Sustainable Plastic with Loop Industries

PepsiCo is expanding its use of 100% recycled PET plastic in its packaging via a multi-year supply agreement with sustainable plastic manufacturer Loop Industries. Loop uses technology that allows no- and low-value plastics to be recycled endlessly into new, virgin-quality PET plastic. PepsiCo is purchasing production capacity from Loop’s joint … Read more »

Product Announcement: Tetra Pak’s Plant Secure ‘Delivers Profitability Improvements’

Product Announcement: Tetra Pak’s Plant Secure ‘Delivers Profitability Improvements’

Tetra Pak has launched a new plant management service that will help food manufacturers pinpoint areas for improvements within their operations, ultimately leading to increased efficiency and opportunities for cost savings, the company says. The new service starts with a detailed audit of all the equipment and systems across the … Read more »

Apartment Dwellers Overwhelmingly ‘Believe,’ Says AMLI

Apartment Dwellers Overwhelmingly ‘Believe,’ Says AMLI

Apartment residents remain concerned about the environment and are committed to making lifestyle choices to reduce their carbon footprint, according to a new survey from AMLI, a real estate development company that focuses on sustainability. The survey showed that 84% of respondents “believe in” global warming or climate change. AMLI’s … Read more »

Walmart Cuts Emissions, Reduces Food Waste in Canada Opps with Sustainable Food Delivery

Walmart Cuts Emissions, Reduces Food Waste in Canada Opps with Sustainable Food Delivery

Walmart Canada is helping reduce food waste while cutting emissions from delivery services by working with a sustainable delivery platform that uses shared warehousing and consolidation of orders to reduce truck trips. Walmart signed the agreement with a food delivery program from Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery (SPUD) in February; the … Read more »

Ball Corporation Invests in Efficient Spanish Can Manufacturing Facility

Ball Corporation Invests in Efficient Spanish Can Manufacturing Facility

Ball Corporation has invested more than 100 million euros ($115 million) in a new state-of-the-art beverage can plant in Spain. Located in Cabanillas del Campo, Guadalajara, the facility saves energy and water.

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