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Optimisation was the key to saving energy at Manuplast

Optimisation was the key to saving energy at Manuplast
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Resources:
Energy
Sector:
All manufacturing industries
Cost:
High cost
Annual saving:
5000€
Payback time:
2 Year(s)
Resource savings: Energy:
50 % reduction
Co2 emission reduction:
41 tonnes of CO2 per year
Premises and operation areas:
Production processes
Size of company:
Medium (less than 250)
Advancement in applying resource efficiency measures:
Intermediate
One off investment:
10000€

Timing is everything!

  • Optimising heating process, repaired leaks and energy-efficient motors cut 41 tonnes of CO2 annually
  • Annual saving of € 5 000

In 2007, Manuplast carried out a complete energy audit, including production facilities, air compressors and the water-cooling system, which highlighted where consumption could be optimised in three key areas: the way production equipment is heated, leaks in the compressed air network, and machine upgrades.

A production planning review led to better synchronising of the machine temperature with production needs. The exact heating time for machine tools is set so that the optimum operating temperature is reached at the precise moment when production has to start.

At the same time, a vast campaign to reduce compressed air leaks was launched, coupled with the installation of electro-valves on cooling bellows: the air is no longer continuously blown out, but only when cooling is required. As a result, compressed air consumption decreased from 10 % to 15 %.

Lastly, the hydraulic motors of the production machines were replaced by more energy-efficient electric motors and the injector pressure was optimised. The electrical consumption of the injection process has thus decreased by 50 %.

Key benefits

Together, these actions avoided around 41 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year. The changes were also good for Manuplast's bottom line, generating an annual saving of € 5 000, with a return on investment within two years.

 

Testimonials:

"This operation resulted in a significant environmental and financial gain for the concerned technical functions. This is the type of project that allows you to quickly improve the efficiency of a production site. Moreover, this creates an internal dynamic on the subject of energy consumption, which allows us to go further and develop a global policy for reducing our energy costs." - Mr Le Penven, maintenance manager at Manuplast 

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