Do you regularly audit on the energy efficiency of your production facilities? If your answer this question with “NO!” then I recommend you the following two tips as an initial impetus to improve your energy efficiency.
Auditing is an essential activity to improve processes and operations within a company. Usually there are predefined dates on which an audit is made for a specific process, department and so forth.
First Tip: Optimize Your Homogenizer
Optimizing respectively adjusting a homogenizer should always be beared in mind, especially when you change from one product to another. While for one product your homogenizer has to work with the highest pressure it can generate, for another product the pressure can be reduced by 1/3 without losing product quality.
In Tetra Pak’s case study
an adjustment (by using a special homogenizing device) saved the concerning company 260.000 kWh per year. Now take the costs for 1 kWh at your location and do the math. I guess the the figures speak for themselves.
Second Tip: Optimize Your CIP Process
The second tip concerns the effeciency of CIP processes. Of course each CIP takes only a few hours to execute and therefore the energy consumption is considerably lower than of the actual daily production. However regarding the usual annual energy costs for CIP one quickly recognizes that this process demands a considerable amount of money as well.
Great Side Effects
There are several great side effects of optimizing your energy balance:
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