At a Glance
Industrial Goods and Manufacturing
Data Analysis, Engagement and Behavior Change, Supply Chain, Sustainability and Energy Management Strategy
The goal of this fellowship was to develop a supply chain traceability framework design in order to track and improve material flow and recycled content performance.
Arconic is a global aluminum manufacturer supplying to the aerospace, automotive, packaging, and building & construction sectors. Across the aluminum industry, increasing external scrap intake to improve circularity via recycled content use is a key decarbonization strategy.
Arconic enlisted Viswas Nair to analyze business processes in the U.S. and Europe and recommend a framework to trace and measure scrap and material flow in Arconic’s value chain to improve its recycled content performance.
To achieve these goals, Viswas
- Identified challenges and opportunities with multiple business functions across four manufacturing locations to improve material traceability and measurements
- Mapped current state of systems, processes, data sets, key users, and reports
- Proposed data collection and calculation methods for consistent and accurate recycled content metrics, as well as a convergence strategy for locations with different IT systems and production capabilities
- Engaged with corporate and regional IT teams to facilitate centralized aggregation of material data to enable automated recycled content tracking and dashboard visualization
The proposed solutions are intended to:
- Increase system and operational coherency across multiple Arconic manufacturing plants
- Reduce material wastage and improve operational efficiency
- Reduce manual effort and human errors in material tracking
- Enable third-party audit checks for chain of custody and recycled content certification
- Improve LCA pre-consumer and/or post-consumer data sets for key markets and customers
- Reduce Arconic’s carbon footprint through accurate measurements that enable better decision-making for external scrap procurement