ECO Audit(TM): The ECO Services Family Gets Bigger
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Press release date: September 16, 2010
Sidel is launching the ECO Audit(TM). The goals are to conduct an "ECO-performance" review on bottling lines and, in time, to reduce energy consumption and therefore production costs.
When the brewing company SABMiller asked Sidel's teams to perform an ECO Audit(TM) in March 2010, its goal was to determine the environmental performance of its bottling line in South Africa. SABMiller wanted to set a reference point in terms of both method and results, in order to help reach its targets of a 25% decrease for energy and water consumption and CO2 emissions per hectoliter of beer produced (about 26 US gallons). "We were actively looking for solutions to reduce our water and energy consumption," says Stedrick Saayman, Group Packaging Consultant for SABMiller. "The ECO Audit(TM) enabled us to quantify the exact needs for each bottling step and to compare them with the new technological standards. The audit also showed how improved bottling efficiency can lead to a significant drop in water consumption by more than 2 m3/hour."
For the past two years, Sidel has been working on new sustainability solutions for complete lines. This work has led to the creation of the ECO Audit(TM), the newest member of the Sidel ECO Services family, joining ECO Booster(TM) and ECO EIT(TM).
ECO Audit: A snapshot of the line An ECO Audit(TM) is a snapshot of a complete line's situation in full production. There are two major objectives: first, to evaluate any gaps in production performance and energy consumption between the real operation of the line and its original specifications, and second, to establish a reference point and identify levers for an improvement plan aimed at generating energy savings or improving performance quickly based on concrete recommendations. The ECO Audit(TM) is also used to quantify subjective data concerning the line's performance so that actions can be planned and implemented in order to meet the agreed targets in the allotted time. The ECO Audit(TM) also summarizes the line's potential to reach a "World-Class" production level in the medium or long term.
Correlation between performance measurements and consumption In addition, to reduce water and power consumption and to cut production costs, it is necessary to have a precise analysis of all line consumptions (power, air, steam, water, CO2, etc.) at the same time as equipment performance is determined (line efficiency, machine reliability, changeovers, cleaning operations, shutdowns).
An ECO Audit(TM) has two main steps. The first involves two Sidel engineers who collect data on site for one week using innovative measurement equipment. For example, the amperage measurement apparatus installed on a complete line can be used to analyze up to 15 machines at once. These tools can also be used to make continuous recordings of the line's various consumption levels without intrusion, i.e. without any mechanical intervention required on the line itself.
The second step is data analysis and reporting. This report is sent to the customer less than three weeks after the audit. The report's recommendations for improving line efficiency and reducing energy consumption are adapted to the customer's needs and schedule. There are three focus areas: excessive consumption by the machines, related to tuning or ageing issues; consumption levels that vary with line productivity (the better we produce, the less we consume); and finally, nonproductive consumption, i.e. all water and energy consumption recorded during the draining, format changeover and cleaning phases and during breaks and shutdowns, all of which can be optimized.
About the Sidel Group With more than 30,000 machines installed in 190 countries, the Sidel Group, headquartered in Switzerland, is one of the world's leaders in beverage packaging solutions: covering water, carbonated soft drinks, milk, sensitive beverages, oils, beer and alcoholic beverages. Sidel Group has production sites in 13 countries as well as sales and service offices in 30 countries. Around the world, the Group's approximately 5,000 employees provide customers with complete bottling solutions, including package design, line engineering, packaging machines and related services.
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