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High-tech and electronics, chemical, and oil and gas industries each have their fair share of regulatory requirements to meet, and an increasing number include

environmental  In recent years, strict environmental regulations have been implemented in the US and European Union (EU), with more soon to come from other countries such as Japan and China. The cost of compliance to manufacturers in any industry is high, but noncompliance with national and international regulations can cost enterprises a great deal more. Therefore, industry leaders must ensure they have the means to adapt their businesses to meeting these regulatory requirements, and thus avoid costly penalties and

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TEC Lean and Green Manufacturing Buyer’s Guide


While the need for sustainable development is affecting how organizations do business, the idea of environmental and corporate responsibility as value drivers is still relatively new. Many companies are just beginning to adopt an approach that provides measurable results. Learn how reducing waste and creating efficiencies within your company can make a difference to the environment, the economy, and your bottom line.

While the need for sustainable development is affecting how organizations do business, the idea of environmental and corporate responsibility as value drivers is still relatively new. Many companies are just beginning to adopt an approach that provides measurable results. Learn how reducing waste and creating efficiencies within your company can make a difference to the environment, the economy, and your bottom line.

In this lean and green buyer’s guide, we’ll discuss some of the challenges that companies are facing in light of the changes to the economy as well as the pressures of “going green.” We’ll talk about some of the highlevel changes your business can make, with a focus on operational efficiency and on how lean and green practices can both lead to the same result: efficiency equals sustainable business. We will also feature information about some of the vendor offerings targeted at companies looking to adopt or improve their “green business strategies.” The products covered in this guide address various areas within the scopes of both “lean” and “green,” including lean manufacturing, environmental management, operations management, compliance regulations, and more.

We’ve included customer success stories to illustrate how product lifecycle management (PLM), enterprise asset management (EAM), and enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions have helped companies like yours deal with their environmental concerns. For your convenience, there is also a vendor directory to assist companies that are looking for a “sustainability enabling” solution.

We hope this report will provide you with enough insight about the current state of the market—with respect to both lean and green—to help you start making a few decisions about how your company can make a change for the better. We think you’ll find this guide a useful tool for determining which type of solution is best suited to your company’s business model and particular needs.


Table of Contents


Executive Overview
Lean, Green, and Everything in Between

Thought Leadership
Corporate Social Responsibility: Using Technology to Become More Lean and Green

Case Study
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Increases Scheduling Efficiency with Asprova

Case Study
Lean in Action: Manufacturer Cuts Lead Time from Four Weeks to Four Days

Case Study
InkCycle Makes Green Ink, While Staying in the Black

Case Study
A Pragmatic Approach to Gaining Business Efficiencies

Case Studies at a Glance
TEC Analyst Perspective



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State of the Market: Lean and Green


Today’s need for sustainable development (economic, social, and environmental) is increasingly affecting how organizations do business. But the areas of environmental and corporate responsibility are still relatively new to businesses as concepts that drive value. And even though these concepts are rapidly growing in importance, many organizations are still in the early phases of adopting an approach that provides measured results.

The state of market in “green” is improving—albeit at a very slow pace—as organizations learn the value of integrating environmental thinking into their operations, and find more and more ways to align green thinking with their business strategies and goals.

This need for change affects businesses, municipalities, government, and resource-extractive industries like manufacturing. Some of the major influences affecting these organization’s environmental sustainability decisions are regulations and standards, competitive position, and public confidence. In fact, there is a great deal of reputation at stake, since public consciousness towards environmental issues is growing.

Today’s stakeholders (customers, investors, etc.) want to put their money into companies that are sustainable. If businesses don’t take an interest in the environment—and their impact on it—it reflects very poorly on their interest in their bottom line. The current economic situation being what it is, companies cannot afford “bad press,” and it’s in their best interest to realign their business strategies to include environmental awareness. Equally (if not more) important is the fact that green initiatives have a high return on investment (ROI) and end up paying for themselves through cost savings on resources, energy, carbon taxes, etc.

Today’s environmental challenges in business are vast, and range from financial burdens (such as rising energy, input, and transportation costs), to waste disposal and regulatory issues (minimizing/reducing waste), to accountability and sustainability—which can make the decision to go green both complex and convoluted.


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Product Environmental Footprint and Ecolabeling: An Approach for Both Environmental Responsibility and Profits


The global march toward making products and services more sustainable is gaining breadth and speed. No manufacturer will be left untouched by this phenomenon. To thrive in this new low-carbon world, you need to have a deeper and more sophisticated understanding of your products’ environmental footprint—from raw materials to manufacturing to distribution to end of life. Learn about life cycle methodologies that can help.

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Product Safety and Stewardship: Taking a Strategic Approach to Safer and "Greener" Products


For many product manufacturers, the move toward safer and environmentally friendlier products involves mixed emotions. The benefit to the planet is a given. However, if not approached strategically, it can come at a high cost. This paper provides a perspective on product-related environmental regulations, their business impact, their trajectory, and how companies can move from tactical and reactive risk mitigation to seizing competitive advantage.

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Engineering and Environmental Simulation Software for Water Resource Applications


Identifying and managing the risks associated with water resource projects is a challenge due to the variables of water systems. To overcome this challenge, you need to compile all available information into a framework that can be used to predict the outcome of alternatives. Find out how a computer simulation model can help water resource engineers improve the financial and environmental performance of their operations.

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Sub-metering a Hotel for LEED Certification


The Proximity Hotel in Greensboro, North Carolina, is the first hotel in the US to receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification at the platinum level from the U.S. Green Building Council. Combining luxury with energy efficiency and environmental sustainability, the hotel places the highest priority on guest comfort. The owner's goal is a sustainable, energy-efficient hotel that never compromises guest comfort. Learn more now.

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From Burden to Benefit: Making the Most of Regulatory Risk Management


The paradoxical view that regulation is both a blessing and a curse continues to be widely held among senior executives. While they recognize the need for protection in key areas, they are often frustrated by what they see as overly complex, unnecessary bureaucracy to achieve this goal. Find out how your company can meet increasingly difficult regulatory compliance challenges as it develops integrated business networks.

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Outsourcing-The Pros and Cons


Outsourcing’s in the news these days, what with the US presidential election and all, but it’s usually covered from an “is it good for us” angle—where “us” is the American people or the national economy. But how about you? Is it good for your organization? I’m interested in your current perspective on outsourcing—please let me know what you think by responding to the poll at the

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Case Study: Seventh Generation


Seventh Generation, distributor of environmentally friendly products, sought an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution to support its supply chain more efficiently, including monitoring the environmental impact of its suppliers and products. Microsoft ® Dynamics NAV helped the company automate business processes and streamline supply chain management while pursuing its mission of corporate responsibility. Find out how.

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How to Prepare Your Organization for the Phaseout of R-22 HCFC Refrigerants


The environmental protection agency (EPA) is limiting the amount of R-22 hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) refrigerant to 20 percent less than industry demand. This means R-22 will likely increase in cost. It could also mean that reclaimed, recycled, and used R-22 could become more valuable. Learn how to continue education related to R-22 phaseout requirements and begin managing your refrigerant inventory more accurately.

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