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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No. 226752.

 

General Questions

Do you want to benefit from establishing or joining an Industrial Network?

DO Examine your situation and identify potentials and weaknesses

DO Identify your own needs and demands (strengths and weaknesses) concerning the Industrial Network

DO Examine and assess your material flow and identify possible by-products

DO Examine your surrounding when selecting your location

DO Find the ideal territorial boundary of your industrial network

DO NOT Focus only on single concepts for single processes

DO Find appropriate partners to exchange resources

DO NOT Consider only approved business partners as network partners

DO Establish common goals for the network partners

DO Include a network facilitator

DO Build or Join an Industrial Network

DO Turn the residual waste into valuable by-products

Networking

Do you get raw materials for your production processes delivered?

DO Share logistics with partners or others

DO Ask for the closest supplier whenever reasonable (minimise transport impact) or for optimised packaging (minimise waste and save space)

DO Purchase collectively and coordinate purchasing and returning of items within the industrial network (IN)

Do you get most of the provided materials at a certain time of day?

DO Optimize your logistics of delivery for instance through Just-in-Time delivery with respect to an efficient organization of material transportation to the storage place and efficient use of resources at the production process

Are you able to influence changes in product design?

DO Design your product considering the possibility of exchange

Do you use fresh water for production processes?

DO Seek potential network actors for water exchange

Do you want to generate future use of your effluent?

DO Try to find possibilities for building intercompany pipes

Do your employees need work clothes and/or does your site need significant cleaning materials?

DO Share cleaning facilities

Do you know how to share information about supply and demand within an industrial network?

DO Design or use a resource exchange platform (RXP)

Do you need ownership of all the equipment?

DO Use business strategies which reduce ownership and promote paying-per-use e.g. leasing

DO Join new business strategies which promote equipment re-use and extension of the equipment life-time

Are you advertising your products and businesses?

DO Share your marketing resources

Do your partners pull in the same direction?

DO Enhance teamwork/collaboration within the industrial network and share HR investments

Do you want to save on disposal and even get profit from your process waste?

DO Optimize your potential to supply waste as a by-product, economically, to IN partner(s)

Do you have second generation parts or parts that still operate but not in the efficiency you need/want it? Could you use second generation parts or part(s) that still operate, but not with the same efficiency as new ones?

DO Offer your parts to others/use other parts from others, e.g. through the RXP

 

Efficiency

Does your company generate variable qualities of industrial waste?

DO Enhance your production process to produce process by-products with consistent quality

Are you able to influence changes in product design?

DO Encourage producers to take responsibility for the design and production of goods that facilitates their repair, possible upgrading/remanufacture, reuse, disassembly and recycling

DO Extend your products durability and use-time as a zero-waste strategy

Are you willing to introduce new and innovative technology in your production processes?

DO Use RFID technology

DO Integrate condition monitoring concepts in your product

Do you use fresh water for production processes?

DO Assess what quality your process needs and whether "waste water" can be used

Do you want to save energy in your production processes?

DO Reduce current peaks and increase productivity

DO Explore by-product exchange and reuse of energy in order to save primary energy

Do you want to facilitate the exchange of by-products by using less toxic materials?

DO Avoid toxic materials

DO Promote the principles of "Green Chemistry"

Re-Use

Does your production process require raw materials?

DO Detect process sections where it is possible to substitute raw materials with by-products while ensuring the same good experience during use

Are you able to influence changes in product design?

DO Set up a service infrastructure to allow implementation of product take back, upgrading and repair

Are you willing to introduce new and innovative technology in your production processes?

DO Use modern technology that can facilitate the re-use and exchange of secondary materials

Do you use fresh water for production processes?

DO Think of processes where it is possible to substitute fresh water for process effluent perhaps with some recycling (intermediate treatment)

Do your employees need work clothes and/or does your site need significant cleaning materials?

DO Use old work clothes as input material for other industries

DO Reduce the amount of cleaning agents through recycling and re-use

Does your company have its own canteen?

DO Collect your canteen waste (such as oil and fat) for treatment processes

DO Provide your unconsumed food products to social economic enterprises (SEE)

Do you want to add value to your waste, to make it more acceptable as a by-product for exchange?

DO Design for separate waste fractions and minimize cross-contamination

DO Separate waste from offices and other processes ancillary to production

Does your company use fossil fuels (within any area of interest)?

DO Substitute fossil fuels for low carbon or renewable fuels and fuel-type by-products

Does the packaging take place in your company/on site?

DO Avoid or decrease the amount of packaging

DO NOT use virgin materials for your transport packaging

Do you have second generation parts or parts that still operate but not in the efficiency you need/want it? Could you use second generation parts or part(s) that still operate, but not with the same efficiency as new ones?

DO NOT Store your used EEE

DO Exchange, re-use, recycle or donate your bulky waste