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.


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.

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