There's a lot that can be done to optimise your waste shredding operations, but we feel that these two points sum them all up nicely:
1. Maximise your business opportunities
This can be done by choosing the right machinery. For example, if your shredder is suitable for a variety of materials, you multiply your chances of earning, and if you can adjust and fine-tune the process with minimum interference to your waste shredding process, even better!
Mobility is also an issue to take into consideration. What if the shredder is stationary, on a semi-trailer or on tracks? What kind of an impact does it have on your business?
2. Minimise your operation costs
Let’s take a look at an imaginary example:
Assuming that a shredder unit costs 330 000 euros and has a life cycle of 10 000 operating hours, purchase price accounts for 35% of the total operating costs. General maintenance and the operator’s wages make up around 23%, which leaves a massive 42% for fuel. It’s easy to see where the biggest savings can be made and, on the other hand, where the biggest gains in profit can be made.
To save fuel, you need to be able to fully understand all the parameters that affect the production rate, the quality of the end product and fuel consumption. When choosing new machinery, make sure that it has the functionality for tracking your vital process parameters. Otherwise you won't know where to start optimising! In addition to fuel consumption, the trackable parameters may be production rate and goals, service intervals, alarms or a comparison between different operators.
If you don't have enough information on what's happening in your process, you are like a pilot who is trying to land his plane without instruments in zero visibility. You need a clear cockpit view in order to succeed.