Our Mission is the Analysis, Documentation and Minimization of Production Waste.
Our field of action is industrial CNC-cutting.
This primarily applies to panel and sheet materials such as wood, metal and technical textiles. There is a problem here that you know from making cookies: You arrange the shapes on the dough in such a way that as many cookies as possible are created. But no matter how you do it, there will always be something left over. On average 25%.
However, this waste is difficult to process further and, for the sake of simplicity, is usually disposed of at a cost or recycled, which requires enormous amounts of energy. That costs money, energy and a lot of CO2.
This makes it an equally economic and ecological problem that we at Normcut tackle with a central thesis: Even more than the material, it is the form that determines the use and thus the value of an object. The coffee cup, for example, which is probably on the table in front of you right now, would be useless and therefore worthless if it were a pile of broken pieces.
In the cutting plans of every production planning, information on the form of offcuts is available digitally as a negative of the parts to be cut - so far unused. That's why we're building an ecosystem around cutting plans.
This not only enables us to create transparency about waste streams, but also to minimize them through cross-company networking. The waste of one becomes the raw material of the other.
In times of rising raw material prices and increasing procurement problems, our approach results in maximum stability of the supply chain for buyers - in addition to the price advantage - because: Our industrial supply partners have privileged access to raw materials. All other sources of supply to which small and medium-sized companies have access are already exhausted before they can no longer get any more material (and we therefore have waste). This enables us to offer a high level of security in times of uncertainty.
A further argument for our approach results from the current energy crisis: Even if recycling and thus secondary raw materials are preferable to primary raw materials, here too -e.g. large amounts of energy are consumed (approx. 6 gigajoules/ton) by melting down and rolling out aluminum or steel sheet again. This energy is completely saved through avoidance, as actually prescribed by the waste hierarchy of the Circular Economy Act.