Contact us to get started! 602.569.6900

Production

ANR Going Green

ANR Going GreenWe at ANR take “green” initiatives and social responsibility seriously. Reducing a manufacturer’s carbon footprint is no longer a “nice but not necessary” practice. Why do ANR and other best-in-class companies “go green”? Buyers and consumers are taking environmental impact into consideration when they choose suppliers. That is why organizations such as Dun & Bradstreet now produce reports that evaluate “green” companies. We’re also seeing more and more requests for quotation (RFQs) from our customer base that ask us to provide information about our green initiatives.

Buyers and consumers are also considering social responsibility when making purchases. Social responsibility consists of established measurable corporate policies and procedures that result in behavior designed to benefit the workplace, the individual, the organization, and the community. Social responsibility is playing an increasingly significant role in decisions when it comes to purchasing by all consumers. A company that does not have a meaningful social responsibility program risks criticism from workers and/or consumers.

We at ANR have established the following initiates to reduce our Carbon Footprint and impact on local landfills:

  • Increased recycling / repurposing all incoming materials where possible and directly working with local landfill and recycling providers to reduce waste.

* Corrugate initiative through first 6 month of 2016 alone reduced GHG Emission by 5.03 tons which represent 6 passenger cars removed from the road and generated indirect water savings of 92804 gallons

  • Compressed work week to reduce power and water consumption during peak hours, reduce commuting impact of employees and lowering energy use during the week.
  • Replaced lighting in plant areas to higher efficiency / lower heat generating bulbs, lower use areas are activated by movement sensors […]
By |November 14th, 2016|Packaging, Production|Comments Off on ANR Going Green

Removing Ionic Impurities

Manufacturing High Quality Purified Water. Part 1 Removing Ionic Impurities.

anrwater

High quality purified water is a must in aqueous toiletry formulations. You can use the finest of raw materials and have the best processes in place, but if you are using poor quality water, it will most likely be detrimental to your formula. These detrimental effects can be apparent from the completion of your batch or may take place over time. If these detrimental effects take place over time, your product may already be in the field.

This may lead to customer complaints, a product recall or even a loss of business and reputation. Manufacturing high quality purified water for toiletries does not need to be overly complicated or extremely expensive. The best place to start is to find and set a water quality specification you are trying to achieve for your product formulations. There is much information on the internet and in books to determine what specifications you want to achieve. You may even want to contact your local water filtration company for advice. Once you have a specification set, you can determine the type of water system you want to use. Two of the main goals for achieving high quality purified water should be removing ionic and organic impurities. Ionic impurities can wreck havoc on any product formulation. Ionic impurities can cause unstable emulsions, out of spec viscosities, color drifts, color bleaching or even a yellowing of product over time. The list goes on and on. Ionic impurities need to be removed to produce a high quality stable product. Removing ionic impurities is achieved by using water deionization filtration tanks. There are Cationic […]

By |October 7th, 2016|Production|Comments Off on Removing Ionic Impurities

Individually Wrapped Bottles Increase Labor Costs

Sometimes you are not made aware of everything you should ask your customer supplied packaging provider when quoting for your packaging.

Case in point: Picture #1 is a box of bottles that every bottle had been individually bagged. This brings additional costs to a project if not accounted for in the initial quoting process, these additional costs  are reflected in:
· Added time of the run, bottles aren’t available to run until they are de-bagged so you need to have some of this done prior to starting the line just to stay ahead
· To do the job of de-bagging requires additional people on the line and the faster the run the more people it requires
If you look more closely at the picture you will notice that the bottles are not uniformly packed – some are facing up, some are facing down and some not in this picture were laying on their side. In a best case scenario we would open a box from the end where the bottom of the bags were packed which allows us to more quickly grab the ends and pull them off.

 

Now look at the second picture…the bags and bottles work together to a heightened static charge.
When an operator tries to throw the bags away the bags can’t be just be dropped, even shaking the hands only works sporadically and it taking too long to get the bags off the hands results in a slowdown in the labeling. The bags can stick to an operator, the machine and parts between.
When the run is finished there there is additional time spent to clean up all the bags.
Of course if the customer determines […]

By |September 29th, 2016|Packaging, Production|Comments Off on Individually Wrapped Bottles Increase Labor Costs