Kingsmoor Packaging gains production flexibility with VSD compressor
Kingsmoor Packaging Ltd. (KPL) has increased production capacity and improved its energy efficiency in the process as a result of installing a GA90 VSD compressor from Atlas Copco. The decision provides KPL with the flexibility to meet future growth and follows an extensive plant operation review that included undertaking an iiTrak system energy audit.
To achieve this, KPL’s thermoforming process relies heavily on air movement with compressed air being available at the moulding stage. This is particularly relevant in pressure box techniques whereby the heated plastic material is formed onto a positive mould with the aid of air pressure. Although there were no major issues to address, it was felt that the compressed air system had been in use for a considerable time and “was in need of an upgrade in line with the latest developments in compressed air technology,” states Gunn.
Atlas Copco was brilliant from the start, monitoring our existing equipment and recommending a new system that could operate on a lower pressure band yet provide adequate volume for any future expansion of our production output. The energy savings we’ve gained from the new installation have been even greater than originally predicted and are now estimated to be in the region of £47,000 per year.
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* A fixed-speed load/no-load compressor will operate in three different status modes: 1. Stopped - compressor motor is stopped and no energy is being used; 2. No-Load - the air compressor motor is running, but the air inlet control is closed and the unit is not producing air; 3. Loaded - the air inlet is open, the unit is producing air at full capacity and using energy productively.
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