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Apr 02

Improving Energy Levels and Efficiency in Factories

It is no secret that a range of sectors across the manufacturing industry are reaping the rewards of addressing energy efficiency; however in numerous countries across the globe, the largest energy user tends to be those in the industrial sector. With energy efficiency foremost in many peoples mind, the message that reducing emissions means using less energy and in-turn lower utility bills has come across loud and clear.

With this in mind, many manufacturers are being advised to rethink their processes and the methods conducted within their factories. Such is imperative as manufacturers in all industries struggle to stay competitive in a challenging economic climate. Internal changes that can make energy savings can benefit the bottom line and ultimately lead to the long term survival of a business.

So how can you improve efficiency?

The first place to start is through a complete energy audit to evaluate and highlight where the most energy is being consumed and what can be improved. Reports suggest that annual energy costs have nearly tripled in recent years, therefore proactive changes must be made to reduce overheads and improve profitability. Minimizing high temperatures can aid the reductions therefore any changes that can be made to effectively reduce temperatures around the factory will be beneficial. Furthermore, using specialists such as AinscoughVanguard.co.uk Pipe Installation will enable to reap the rewards of the latest energy efficient technology and equipment.

Secondly, simple changes such as replacing low-efficiency bulbs around the factory that are using much more energy than is required. Lighting is an area that is often overlooked, as energy consumption can be reduced by up to 50 per cent just from installing low-energy bulbs and installing adjustable light levels.

Finally heating and ventilation is essential to rein down costs by ensuring all machinery operates at an optimum temperature. A great case study to display how such changes can benefit is through the multi-national organisation of Cadbury’s. A Cadbury chewing gum factory in Thailand reduced its energy use by 60% and operating costs by 50% with a new dehumidifying system. The Advanitx dehumidifying system enabled Cadbury to reduce its air conditioning usage required for efficient production and temperature.

If you are keen to apply such energy reducing methods, it will be wise to arrange another energy audit a few weeks after the changes are complete to see how much of an impression they have had on energy consumption around the plant.

About the author: Chris Algar writes on behalf of AinscoughVanguard.co.uk Machinery Transport who is the UK’s leading industrial machine mover and specialist in machine installations.

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