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AC drives prove energy efficient at tyre plant

One of Europe’s leading tyre manufacturing plants has installed a new cooling tower for process water – and cut its annual energy consumption by 1,500MWh. Key to the savings is the close speed control of fans and pumps, using AC drives from Control Techniques, matching supply with…

  • 12/07/2012

Four times bearing life & reduced downtime costs on operation of sludge press in paper recyling

A bearing customer in the paper recycling industry is benefiting from four- times bearing life and avoiding the considerable downtime and maintenance costs of partial shut every six-months, following the adoption of a bearing substitution solution for a sludge press developed by NSK as part of the…

  • 11/07/2012

Inflatable solution helps seal out high energy bills

With continuing concern regarding high energy prices, more companies are looking to cut the cost of their fuel bills. And, according to John Meale, managing director of Thorworld Industries, one of the first places to achieve energy savings is in the loading bay – particularly if you operate…

  • 26/04/2012

Wear protection solves abrasion problem during glass recycling

Glass is one of the most productive materials in terms of recycling potential, because it can be recycled over and over again without loss of quality or integrity. However equipment used to handle the material can suffer from the effects of extreme abrasion, a problem one recycling facility managed…

  • 13/03/2012

Integration is the future for waste-to-energy sector

As local authorities and the private sector seek solutions to waste disposal needs, the development, construction and operation of waste-to-energy and biomass incineration plants is increasing. Bob Lane, from Siemens Industry Automation & Drive Technologies, believes waste-to-energy and biomass…

  • 13/03/2012

High-speed hand dryer sets new standards for energy efficiency

The revolution in hand drying has cranked up a gear, with the launch of a new model of Mitsubishi Electric’s Jet Towel, the original high speed, low energy dryer which is said to be saving on energy costs in food industry facilities around the UK . The 8th generation of the Mitsubishi Jet…

  • 02/03/2012

Cooling down on the cost of energy

With energy saving a major priority for many companies, including cold storage companies, Shaun Evers, MD at Stonegate Instruments, explains how energy is being wasted and introduces a ­selection of ­interesting technologies that can help reduce wastage. Rising energy costs are putting…

  • 23/02/2012

New compressor makes major energy savings at E.ON site

Compressor manufacturer Mattei has installed an AC30sH compressor at an E.ON combined heat and power (CHP) site in Stoke-on-Trent, following a data logging exercise to assess the efficiency of the existing compressed air system. The AC30sH has replaced one of two existing Mattei machines, and…

  • 23/02/2012

Stay ahead with shop floor efficiency

Mark Ashurst, business development manager at Siemens Industry Automation & Drive Technologies, urges UK manufacturers to look at the potential savings achievable on their factory floors to help them remain competitive. During challenging times, cutting costs will be at the fore for most…

  • 23/01/2012

Online and mobile application energy-saving calculators

A new tool from Rockwell Automation allows manufacturers to use mobile devices or computers to calculate potential savings derived from variable frequency drives to power pumps and fans. Manufacturers can use the online energy savings calculator or download the free mobile application to their…

  • 23/01/2012