Debugging the Supply Chain

Proper lab testing of health- and home-care products saves time, money and regulatory headaches


Celsis, along with management consulting firm Arthur D. Little, created a Financial Impact Assessment to help quantify the financial value of implementing its technology at a single plant. The assessment shows the amount of time it would take to realize a payback on the investment, as well as a five-year net present value. On average, according to the model, customers can expect to see an ROI within six to nine months, and a $500,000 five-year net present value.

Sustainability

One of Amway’s goals is waste reduction, including how to cut waste out of the laboratory. After the testing, there is a heavy amount of material to decontaminate. The Celsis system also helped with the need to reduce the volume of waste.

“Traditionally, we’ve focused on the operational benefits of our system, but now there is increased visibility and awareness of sustainability in general,” explains Celsis’ Javier. “As a result, we’re now delivering customized Environmental Impact Assessment Reports demonstrating the reduction in solid and liquid waste, as well as reduced water and energy consumption.”

Adds Rick VanDellen, Amway’s Sustainability Program Manager: “It reduces costs on the janitorial side. They don’t have to manage as much waste. We use less electricity, less steam. Our water needs are reduced. There’s a lot of heating involved in manufacturing and disposal.”

The Environmental assessment enables companies to quantify the value of reduced water preparation, less media preparation and autoclave use, fewer plates to discard, reduced energy consumption, and less human resources for plate preparation.

Takeaways:

  • Good business practices, not to mention strict government requirements, demand that products be uncontaminated
  • The system should be implemented in all of your facilities
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