to reduce energy consumption
by more than 1 million kilowatt
hours each year. According to
Connexus, the annual energy savings is equivalent to the electricity used by 94 U.S households,
562,023 dishwasher cycles or
brewing 3,831,933 pots of coffee.
The energy consumption reduction equals saving 1,236,225
pounds of C02 or 24,725 trees
needed to absorb that CO2.
Healthier, safer work
“Obviously the energy savings is
a major advantage,” Rask said.
“But we’re starting to realize
how much plant cleanliness has
improved. When operators start
blowing off their machines be-
fore going home, we don’t see the
haze like we used to.”
The new system is also in com-
pliance with the new NFPA 652
combustible dust rule, Rask said.
“To prevent combustible dust
buildups, we would implement
complete overhead cleaning
every year or 18 months,” Nieren-
garten said. “I’m hoping we can
push that back to a minimum of
every two years now.”
The efficiencies of the new
system have not gone unnoticed
by fellow employees, Nierengar-
ten said. “I’ve heard the word,
“Wow!” and one operator told
me, “I’ve got some really good
dust collection for a change.” ;
Each machine has its own IP address
in the system, so if its location
changes, it simply plugs into the new
connection, and the system already
knows how to service it.