Save power with your packaging lines
Do you know how much of the electricity you pay on monthly basis is actually utilized to power your industrial and packaging lines? What would you say if we told you it could be less than half? Actually, a great deal of energy is wasted because of the majority of energy escaping through air compressors, old equipment, and other energy hogs.
Sadly, our country wastes more electricity than any other, including China. In 2013, USA had an energy efficiency of just 42 percent, which means that 58 percent of all the energy we produce is wasted.
We at Nortech Packaging are devoted to efficiency, but we are also aware that a good packaging line is just a starting point in increasing efficiency through power savings.
We have prepared six tips to reduce industrial energy expenses in order to make your manufacturing facility and packaging line less expensive to run and more energy efficient.
- Develop an Energy Management Team
Most of the energy and cost-saving initiatives fail because it’s not clear who is responsible to manage power saving activities. To avoid this, try developing a power management team with representatives of each department. You can also offer a bonus for the best energy-saving team. This way, your employees will be motivated to work together, monitor energy usage in the facility and discover ways to reduce waste.
- Strategically Schedule Packaging and Manufacturing Machinery Use
Do you know which packaging machinery uses the most energy to operate? When you find out which one it is, schedule operation of this machine outside of peak hours. Peak hours may be an explanation for up to 30 percent of a manufacturing facilities monthly utility bill.
- Schedule Shut-Downs and Start-Ups
Scheduling shutdowns can be a good way to lower industrial energy cost. During these shutdowns, all machinery is powered off for a length of time (during the weekend or off-shift periods). Before creating a shutdown schedule, you should acquire an insight into peak operational hours. This way you can make a decision on what is the best time for the shutdown. Production floors should also try to stagger manufacturing and packaging equipment start-up because powering up all machinery at once makes a large spike in your energy demand.
- Optimize Air Compressors
Huge amounts of energy waste are caused by industrial air compressors. Is it the poor design? Or maybe improper maintenance? Whatever it is, air compressors account for up to $3.2 billion in wasted energy on yearly basis. Just one leak can cost you $500 annually, or even more. In case of multiple leaks, your air compressors are practically sucking money right out of your operations budget.
- Optimize your HVAC System
HVAC systems are used for maintaining air quality and comfort on a production floor. They also use almost 52 percent of their total energy used in a building. In order to make your HVAC system more efficient, try installing a programmable thermostat: it can reduce consumption by as much as 15%. Another way is to invest in a demand-controlled ventilation (DCV) system, which regulates outdoor air intake based on a facility’s concentration of carbon dioxide due to the number of staff inside. In the end, even the simple repair and insulation of ducting are enough to reduce HVAC energy consumption by 30-percent.
One way to keep your power bills lower is to invest in energy efficient lighting. Consider the location, conditions, and lighting quality you need when installing or replacing commercial lights. Do your research and choose appropriate energy-efficient controls, lamp technology, and other components for a high-performance lighting system.
By increasing energy efficiency you are saving money and taking care of the environment. Good management and the right equipment are crucial for cutting down energy costs. If you think your outdated packaging equipment consumes way too much power, consider investing in a new one. Start here, by checking out Nortech Packaging palletizers, pre-made pouch fill & seal machine, and robotic automation solutions.