Universal Converting Equipment has introduced a package of energy consumption-reducing features into its range of slitting and winding machinery.
Technical director Dave Ward explains: “We design our machinery to be a frugal as possible with energy and have identified significant areas where energy savings can be made; in some cases functionality and performance has been increased as a positive side effect. One of the ways we achieve this saving is by using the latest high efficiency AC motors, with the most up to date AC vector drives.
“Commonly, we design in regenerative motors rather than more traditional pneumatic brakes, so rather than braking energy being lost (as heat) it is turned into electricity and used by other systems within the machine. In some applications the brake energy is enough to reduce power consumption of the machine by 40% or more.”
He continues: “Our machines intelligently turn off unused systems and avoid fan systems that run even when not required. Wherever possible, we have engineered hydraulic systems out of our equipment. Even our touchscreens are set to go into power save mode when not used for a period.“
In conclusion, the energy saving steps Universal Converting Equipment has taken is promised to translate into lower energy bills for its customers, and a lower impact on the environment.
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