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Automotive
 

Driving efficiency every step of the way

Energy costs might represent a relatively small cost factor in the total production process at automobile assembly plants. But it’s important to point out that, as manufacturers face an increasingly competitive environment, energy-efficiency improvements can provide a means to reduce costs without negatively affecting the yield or the quality of the product.
Motor vehicle assembly plants use energy throughout the plants for many different end-uses. Electricity, steam, gas and compressed air are the main energy types used. Throughout the facility, electricity is used for many different purposes including compressed air, metal forming, lighting, ventilation, air conditioning, painting (fans and infra red curing), materials-handling and welding.
Consider the benefits of reaching your energy-efficiency goals:
  • Long-term, reliable energy reductions
  • Process and productivity improvements
  • Industrial competitiveness and environmental attributes
Opportunity Areas
  • HVAC
  • Process heat
  • Machine drives
  • Electrochemical
  • Process specific
  • Cooling and refrigeration

Energy initiatives deliver savings
 
Typical projects could include:
  • Optimizing exhaust and make-up air systems
  • Retrofitting or replacing boiler plant systems and improving controls or variable speed drives for pumps
  • Insulating chiller lines, improving variable speed drives on pumps and compressors, reusing chilled water and replacing existing chillers with high efficiency units
  • Improving speed control or variable speed drivers and installing more efficient process equipment
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