Health, Safety & Environmental (HSE) processes and tasks are becoming increasingly complex. With the changes to the German energy law taking effect, companies are facing added obligations to produce evidence and documentation. ARBURG, a mechanical engineering company, was looking for a solution to allow it to faster process the rising volume of data as well as to consistently document all actions and audits. The company has been using EcoWebDesk software to manage all its HSE processes since 2012.
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About ARBURGClose Open
ARBURG GmbH + Co KG is one of the leading manufacturers of high-end injection molding machines for plastics processing. The family-run business was founded in 1923 and employs today around 2,000 people. At the sole production site in Loßburg, the company manufactures electric, hybrid and hydraulic injection molding machines and the additive manufacturing system.
Green productionClose Open
Resource-friendly and energy-efficient production is part of everyday business for the mechanical engineering company. As early as 1998 they had their combined quality and environmental management system certified according to the international standards ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. In addition, the certification according to ISO 50001, which confirms the company’s efficient use of energy, was acquired in 2012.
Modular system instead of isolated solutionsClose Open
While preparing for the energy audits, the company noticed that many processes were not efficient enough. For example, various isolated solutions were used in the HSE area: Access databases and Word files, lists for tracking actions, as well as specific software programs for hazardous materials and waste. All told, things were not exactly working well. Thus the machine builder looked around for a better system. The results of the search on the German market were, however, nothing but further isolated solutions. “Our key requirement for the new system was that we would be able to centrally manage our waste and hazardous materials, but at the same time be able to better control internal audits and actions. As an integrated solution for all these key areas, EcoWebDesk really suited our needs”, says Walter Däumler, Head of Quality and Environmental Management at ARBURG. Since then, every year roughly 50 audits and on-site inspections as well as numerous technical inspections are planned, documented and assessed using the software.
Protected from dangersClose Open
Currently, the company maintains more than 1,000 working and hazardous materials in the Hazardous Materials module: lubricating coolants, varnishes, adhesives, and various oils. Each material in this central database is labeled according to GHS/CLP and linked to the corresponding safety data sheet. Using a filter makes it possible to instantly find materials and their properties. Moreover, it automatically checks whether the materials can be stored together. In the past, the company was unable to systematically maintain safety data sheets. Today, they are regularly updated — thanks to automatic reminders sent by the software. Requests to suppliers are likewise automatically generated.
Transparent waste managementClose Open
All waste that is accumulated during production is recorded in the Eco-Controlling module. The waste register at ARBURG contains more than 60 different waste types — mainly steel scrap, cardboard packaging and scrap paper – including more than 20 hazardous waste types. In order to ensure that all materials are correctly disposed of, waste, such as used oil, can be directly classified as a hazardous good. Some features, such as the automatic calculation of indicators on the basis of recorded data, are particularly helpful for the environmental officer. Additional resources, such as electricity and water, can also be monitored and evaluated with the software. To this end, all rates and consumptions are saved within the system, and the electricity and water meters are recorded step-by-step.
EcoWebDesk modulesClose Open
Since 2012 ARBURG is using the following EcoWebDesk modules:
- Basic System
- Health & Safety
- Audit Management
- Hazardous Materials
- Legal Compliance
- Process Management
“In the past three years we have used the software to record more than 2,000 waste processes – today we can conveniently evaluate this data and, just by the push of a button, visualize it in clearly structured tables and charts. These extensive evaluation possibilities are a major advantage of EcoWebDesk.”
Stephan Graf, Environmental Officer, ARBURG GmbH + Co KG