Omega Motion – Saltillo, MS
Omega Motion began working with their customers, allowing the facility to be able to reduce cardboard usage. This has been accomplished through the implementation of returnable containers for shipping product to customers. By using returnable totes, the facility is able to ship 95% of its product to customers, all but eliminating the need for cardboard containers.
By replacing plant-lighting systems of the older, less-efficient metal halide type with newer, more efficient fluorescent lighting, the facility has achieved a 40% reduction in electrical energy usage for lighting.
Through the purchase of a new floor scrubber equipped with the ecH20 system that electronically charges plain water so it can be used to clean floors without chemicals, the facility has achieved a 38% reduction of chemicals needed to clean the floors. This resulted in a 12-month savings of $4804.80 on chemical usage.
By designing and installing a closed-loop coolant system for their tumblers, the facility is now able to filter and reuse coolant that would normally go down the drain after one use. By doing this, the facility has reduced the amount of coolant needed to be purchased by 50%.
The facility achieved a 50% reduction in the amount of waste going to the landfill by developing and implementing a process to recycle plastics, paper, aluminum, wood, and metal.
The facility set the following goals for 2015:
Reduce cardboard and pallet usage by 5%, using 2014 as a baseline.
Purchased more returnable totes.
- Have not received totes as of 11/12/15.
- Purchased more returnable totes.
Reduce paint waste by 25% using 2014 as a baseline.
Purchased and installed a new drip pan for the paint dip line.
- A better-designed catch pan allows the facility to pump more excess paint back to the tank for reuse.
- Goal completed
- Purchased and installed a new drip pan for the paint dip line.
Improve recycling by 10% using 2014 as a baseline.
Reduce item mixing in recycle bins
- Increased employee awareness
- Provided training for each individual department
- Goal completed
- Reduce item mixing in recycle bins
Employee awareness of the EFEC program is achieved in several ways. Recycling information, environmental policies, and facility goals are posted throughout the plant for employees. The facility provides EFEC program training to employees during monthly Safeguard Toolbox Talks. All new hires are required to watch an EFEC PowerPoint presentation.