A sustainable business is one that is aware of the impact it has on its surrounding environment. The metal forming industry is shifting towards a more eco-conscious future, and Larsen saw fit to be at the forefront of this movement. Sustainability is a key element to Larsen’s continuous improvement in the business of metal forming and powder coating. Companies like Larsen have seen the positive impact that sustainable manufacturing has on maintaining a safe and effective business model.
Larsen’s environmental policies are supported at all levels of the company and overall help reduce its carbon footprint. Some of these efforts include:
- High efficiency lighting
- Installation of a high-efficiency HVAC system
- Zero-VOC paint
- Filtration and reuse systems
- Recycling of material
- Returnable/ reusable packaging for our products
High-efficiency lighting is installed all throughout Larsen’s facilities, which helps reduce the total amount of power consumed. The automated motion sensor lights in the break rooms conserve power and energy when rooms are not in use. Larsen also has a state-of-the-art HVAC system in place. Such a system uses less fuel than most models that helps preserve energy and resources. Over the years, Larsen has made improvements to its finishing systems, such as ovens, booths, and air control. The company uses zero-VOC paint (volatile organic compounds) for its parts, which leads to better environmental air quality and a safer working environment. This way, workers are safe from breathing in harmful chemicals lingering in the air and customers can be at ease knowing about the process their parts go through.
Larsen’s filtration system meets the industry’s standards needed to keep its production lines clean and stable. The filtration significantly increases the life of the water baths and reduces water usage and wastewater in the systems. The benefits of recycling in business include a simple way to save money and a way to keep solid waste out of landfills. Recycling helps Larsen by reducing the need to collect new raw materials, preserve energy and prevent pollution. Larsen also has reusable packaging for certain parts that eliminate the need for single-use material. Overall, it improves the shipping to and from companies and eliminates the unnecessary waste of products.
The latest in eco-friendly powder coating:
Plans for Larsen’s Powder Coat Paint Division began in 2018 with the mindset of protecting the environment. The system is eco-friendly and yields first-rate product quality. Every detail was taken into consideration, such as the way the water is cleaned and in the coating material used. Larsen’s pretreatment system is phosphate-free, and the chemicals used in the process are the cleanest options seen in the industry today.
The cleanroom environment and high transfer efficiency powder application allow for minimal powder waste and ensure there is no contamination with the finished products. Any waste powder is contained in a downdraft system and collected outside of the building to maintain a clean air environment. The system also contains energy-efficient motors and burners to optimize costs for customers. The paint line holds itself to international quality standards of ISO 9001:2015 and IATF 16949:2016. With this certification, Larsen achieves customer satisfaction and sustainability for the future.
What does it mean to be a sustainable business?
Larsen understands the gravity of climate change and the direction the planet is heading towards if nothing is done to protect the environment. Customers also want to work with sustainable businesses to have a sound mind and business plan. Larsen’s environmental policies reduce the negative impact it has on the environment and in turn, creates a more positive impact on its neighboring communities. Larsen’s mission is to serve its customers and be a partner for their future growth and success, which is accomplished through ecologically sound methods. These days, if a business is not pushing for sustainability in their business plans, they risk missing out on potential business opportunities and be left behind.