More green in 2018 from SMC
SMC WILL once again affirm its commitment to the food and packaging industries in New Zealand by showcasing at this year’s Foodtech Packtech (FTPT) and will ask FTPT visitors the question of ‘Do you really know SMC’?
As the global leaders, SMC realises that whatever industries their customers are in, they have the potential to save energy and money just by making their operation more energy efficient. Higher global energy prices are affecting everyone, and governments, responsible businesses and consumers are looking at ways to save money, reduce energy consumption and at the same time help the environment. Today, both OEMs and end users around the country are today benefiting from a range of customised solutions designed to meet every need.
The company also realises that businesses often overlook opportunities to reduce power and air consumption in their packaging and processing machines by not being open-minded to change. In SMC’s business cylinders (actuators) are not cylinders and valves are not valves. They may be similar and within an ISO standard but that’s where the similarities end. This especially true if end users remain locked into single-source supply or replace ‘same with same’.
SMC’s range of linear actuators consume up to 25 percent less air whilst delivering the same or better speed and force and our valve coils are designed to consume as much as seven times less power whilst delivering the same or better speed of valve operation. This not sound like much but over the life of valves and cylinders across an entire factory this can and does represent hundreds and thousands of dollars of lost savings.
The mandate for SMC is always focused around customer needs, ease-of-use, energy savings and improved functionality. The team embarked on a campaign earlier this year and has been urging customers and OEMs be open-minded when specifying for new machines and when replacing old components to enjoy improved cost savings, productivity and profitability.
More and more, businesses are encouraged to adopt new methods of thinking when it comes to energy saving. Technology has changed drastically over the years and today, lean manufacturing is more than just a buzz word – it helps to increase productivity, reduce costs and improve profitability. SMC subscribes to the Kaizen Philosophy of continuous improvement and adopts this in everything that they do – from manufacturing through to service.
TACKLING ENERGY SAVING AT FTPT 2018
In the 21st century with advanced automation at the forefront of innovation, it’s hard to believe the efficient use of compressed air in factories remains a challenge.
Air leakage monitoring is typically a low priority because it is time consuming and relatively expensive to detect. This is where SMC comes in. Historically, the cost of compressed air has been overlooked in production facilities. Studies conducted over the years suggest that in an average facility, 70 percent of the generated compressed air is used in air blow applications, 10 percent for actuation with the remaining 20 percent lost through leakage.
If you’re thinking energy saving is not a breeze, then maybe you’re missing something. SMC has made energy saving calculators freely available to help you take steps towards implementing efficient, high quality energy saving solutions! This Factory Energy Saving Assessment Tool starts with asking some simple questions about the compressed air you may make use of and the number and type of production lines in your factory. By answering the simple set of questions you’ll see the savings possible when you start using SMC’s energy saving solutions.
There are so many angles to energy saving, that SMC has implemented an easy to follow customer journey to help customers make the most of energy saving, and realise the highest potential savings.
SMC will showcase some of its latest energy saving solutions at FTPT and will work with customers to determine the best possible solution to implement the highest amount of energy savings.