Reducing energy consumption is one of the most important requirements today when modernising machines and systems. Often, there is great potential for saving energy - which, in the end, means saving money. While retrofitting a transportation system, Vienna-based Coca-Cola Hellenic Austria used the Movigear mechatronic drive system to reduce energy consumption by 75%, which is equivalent to an annual reduction of 41 tons of CO2. What’s more, the amortisation time is less than one year, meaning project managers had little trouble in gaining approval from their finance department.
Carlo Gavazzi Energy Meters - the WM30 and WM40 along with their respective range of optional add-on modules - feature modular communications options, including: BACnet IP, MODBUS TCP/IP, MODBUS-RTU and iFIX SCADA. The BACnet and MODBUS options are also available with or without onboard memory.
Recent technology has been developed that increases the pumping efficiency of air-operated double-diaphragm pumps and reduces energy costs by up to 50%.
In the US state of Pennsylvania, Snyder’s of Hanover has begun construction on a solar farm that will include 15,000 panels spanning 10.5 hectares. The system is projected to produce 4.2 million kW hours of electricity per year, supplying approximately 27% of the company’s energy needs.
The EngyCal RH33 Btu meter and RS33 steam meter provide high-precision data recording and billing information for custody transfer, steam measurement and energy-flow calculations for process and facility applications.
The food producer Kraft has converted its decaffeination pumps in Bremen, Germany, to variable-speed operation.
CAPS is ramping up its specialised assistance and reporting service for companies required to meet federal government energy consumption and emissions savings targets in the food and beverages sector.
Minimising the power consumption of industrial and commercial processes is gaining increased focus with rising oil and coal prices, as well as impending emission trading systems in Australia and elsewhere. The power consumed by large industrial refrigeration plant often makes up the major portion of site power used on refrigeration-intensive sites, such as food processing plants.
A new partnership to improve the sustainability of Australia’s $102 billion food and grocery manufacturing industry in Victoria has been signed between the Victorian Government and the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC).
Mars Petcare Australia has implemented a customised compressed air system from Champion Compressors, optimising production, reliability and energy efficiency.
In the UK, Tesco's new distribution centre in Widnes will be completely powered by renewable energy generated from food waste.
The Eaton power management and protection software range, including Intelligent Power Manager, NetWatch, Network Shutdown Module (NSM), Personal Solution-Pac and LanSafe, allows Windows 7 enterprise servers and small business PCs to be monitored and safely shut down during a power failure, protecting and saving valuable data.
A new ‘smart’ metal could reduce refrigeration costs by reducing energy usage by up to 175% compared to current technology.
CSIRO, in collaboration with Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL) and the Australian Prune Industry Association, has used a combination of alternative energy and computational modelling to cut energy requirements by 60%.
Boge has introduced AIReport, a compressed air auditing system which can simultaneously analyse up to 12 compressors. Logged data will then identify where compressed air savings can be made, leading to an optimised compressed air system and reduced energy costs.