Apr 14, 2014 Sydney / Australia
Reducing waste water
A simple change to the waste water process at Henkel’s adhesive plant in Seven Hills, Sydney, has had a major impact on the amount of waste water the plant produces and, within six months, the team had achieved its goal of reducing process waste water generated by 50 per cent.
An analysis of the processes at the plant identified that a large amount of water was boiled and dumped each day to clean and sterilize all of the seven tanks at the factory. The team jointly agreed that there was a better and more efficient way of undertaking the cleaning process each day and decided to trial using a high pressure cleaner on one of the tanks.
This trial showed a huge reduction in the daily water usage from two tonnes of water during the water boiling process to only 400 liters of water.
Paul Henrickson, Operations Manager, said that this process had now been adopted throughout the factory since July 2013 and has had a positive effect in many areas.
“The idea started because we wanted to make ourselves more competitive in the market through reviewing our processes and seeing where we could make improvements.
It shows what collaboration in a workplace can achieve; in less than six months, we have reduced the amount of water we use by 50 per cent,” Henrickson said.
Water usage has become a prime focus at the plant with water meters being monitored daily and input into a spreadsheet by all the workers in each of the departments.