How to reduce energy use in your factory this winter

Posted by Paul Langford on 15/11/16 13:30

With winter approaching, rising energy costs and environmental concerns put factory managers under constant pressure to optimise their facility’s energy performance. This doesn’t need to be a daunting task, so here are some ways to reduce energy costs this winter. 

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Topics: Energy saving, sustainability, Heating, Air Leakage, Factory Survey

Considering the sources of inlet air to ensure effective ventilation in your factory

Posted by Paul Langford on 01/11/16 12:00

Consider the sources of inlet air to ensure that the ventilation scheme in your factory will work effectively

Whether your factory is relatively airtight or not, you have to consider the fact that nature doesn’t like a vacuum. If you try to extract air from an enclosed space and no air comes in to replace what you are trying to extract, nothing will move. So it’s not enough to install a ventilation system; you also need a path for air inlet. This blog post demonstrates that this needs careful design.

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Topics: Productivity, Factory Survey, Natural ventilation, CFD

Feeling the heat? Upgrade your existing ventilation system!

Posted by Andrew Wright on 17/05/16 12:00

As a factory manager, you may find that in spite of keeping your mechanical ventilation system in perfect condition, the temperature in your plant is increasing. Over the years, the use of your building may have changed, as with the introduction of lean manufacturing practices, there may be a higher density of production machinery with consequent higher heat load in some areas of your facility. This means that the mechanical ventilation system as it was originally designed and installed no longer meets your requirements.

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Topics: Factory Survey, Climate Control, Evaporative cooling

Natural ventilation is the solution for most heat intensive industries

Posted by Graeme Clark on 03/09/13 09:50

In the vast majority of cases, natural ventilation is the most effective and economic solution for factories housing production processes generating high levels of heat: 

• Natural ventilation is best suited to buildings where a large amount of internal heat is generated, since this leads to a high temperature gradient.

• If the building is tall, then this provides even more ideal conditions for natural ventilation to work at its most efficient, since this creates a good stack effect that makes moving air between different levels within the building easier.

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Topics: Factory Survey, Natural ventilation, CFD, HVAC

How to improve factory productivity – identify the problems!

Posted by Paul Langford on 05/03/12 08:35

If you are a factory manager you are probably looking for ways to maximise productivity. Getting the right conditions within the working areas could be critical: the right temperature, humidity, air quality and lighting could be the answer to provide a comfortable work environment.

Is there more you could do to improve your factory’s productivity?

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Topics: Productivity, Factory Survey, Energy saving