GREEN EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURING
LOOKING AT TOMORROW, TODAY.
Growing awareness of the need to treat our planet more kindly has led to a trend among manufacturers of considering ways to incorporate green manufacturing processes and practices, that allow companies to be responsible corporate citizens without jeopardizing business obligations and opportunities for potential growth. To their credit, companies have begun taking significant steps toward a greener tomorrow by looking at ways to modify the design of processes and building operations to reduce their carbon footprint.
One important avenue toward this end for a green manufacturing company is to keep a watchful eye on the materials and equipment used to maintain the buildings that house their processes. Understanding that another long-term benefit of consuming less energy is the lowering of operation costs, companies are searching out plant maintenance equipment with an eye toward efficiency. Many are aware that it is also important to consider opportunities to seek out a green manufacturing process and equipment that is composed of environmentally friendly, recycled material. In a report for Frost & Sullivan research service an analyst notes that; “There are also the auxiliary benefits of working with green suppliers, which can pave the way for extending green practices along the entire stretch of the value chain.” This higher environmental consciousness of a green manufacturing company can have the added benefit of boosting overall brand image as he adds; “Visibly, a company adopting green manufacturing will have a superior corporate image in the marketplace”.
Finally and most importantly, is the consideration of the health and safety of employees. Manufacturing companies regularly deal with the challenge of meeting government standards designed to protect the quality of the workplace. For example, new OSHA requirements for lowering Hexavalent Chromium exposure for their welders have many companies looking at air quality and industrial air cleaners as extremely important components in the overall manufacturing cycle.
At Industrial Maid we are very aware of the importance of partnering with suppliers that share our desire to utilize a green manufacturing process to produce a top quality product that fits our customer’s need to control costs as well as energy consumption. We chose to work with the green manufacturing company Delta Products as our supplier of VFD controls. We have been very impressed with the savings customers have experienced using Delta’s controls in our products including: T-Series, M-Series, EB Series, RH Series, OM Series.
With modern power electronics and advanced microprocessor technology, Delta’s AC Motor Drives are able to efficiently control motor speed, improve machine automation and save energy. Taking advantage of our strong position in power electronics technology, Delta’s VFD Series of AC motor Drives has evolved rapidly. Each Drive series is designed to meet specific application needs. Our AC Drives accurately control speed and torque, smoothly handle an increased load, and provide numerous custom control and configuration operating modes. Our AC Motor Drive product line provides a full range of motor control technologies and is used throughout a wide range of industries, to enhance and improve machine automation.
The variable frequency controls allow the user to run the equipment at optimal torque and RPM, and ramp those up as needed during the life of the media filters. This increases the bag filter life while decreasing the energy consumption. In a large automotive plant, the use of 28 VFD control packages on 5 HP motors will save the company nearly 2 million dollars per year – in electrical costs, make up air and exhaust air costs and the reduction in cost of compliance for stack emissions.
Utilization of Recycled Materials
Reprocessed Plastics, Inc. of Garfield, Minnesota joins Industrial Maid in the knowledge that using recycled products is the way toward a greener future.
- Lower cost than steel
- Resists denting and scratching
- Dampens the noise of the motor/blower
- Plastic is 38% the weight of steel (lighter finished product)
- Manufacturing polyethylene requires only a fraction of the energy required to produce steel from iron ore
- Less waste stream for compliance to ISO 14,001 purchasing standards (less water, air and soil contamination in the manufacturing process i.e. no painting, grinding, washing & welding involved on the exterior cabinet)
- Very resistant to caustic materials that may break down steel and its coatings
- May be recycled up to 10 times during its organic lifecycle
Safety of our workers and yours is a top priority at Industrial Maid. Our engineers are well versed in a large variety of applications and understand the balance of materials and budgets that need to be considered when deciding which industrial air cleaner is right for your green business or green manufacturing company.
At Industrial Maid we are proud contributors to the green manufacturing process and green building drive with the use of recycled polyethylene but we also know that many applications require steel air cleaning units. All Industrial Maid models are available in full carbon steel cabinets and can even be a variety of colors…even Husker Red!