Essentra Components Accelerates Deployment of Electrical Machinery
Essentra Components has started phase two of its electrical machine replacement program after 2021 saw 21 new machines installed in EMEA, US and APAC, seven more than originally planned, after improvements significant in phase one.
The second phase of the replacement program is expected to see 20 new electric machines installed throughout 2022, including seven already ordered in February this year. Some 39 hydraulic machines have been replaced to date, at the end or in the final phase of their life cycle.
With the initial goal of replacing its entire portfolio with a more energy-efficient one by 2031, Essentra Components now expects the overhaul to be completed around 2028, thanks to the success achieved and the integration of new machine suppliers in local APAC markets. .
The new machines are already proving successful with reported cycle-to-cycle energy savings of between 21% and 31% at the four sites in the UK, Brazil, USA and China where the machines were replaced in 2021. The changes resulted in an average CO2 reduction per machine of 2.41 tonnes, or approximately 45 tonnes per year in total.
Due to global logistical challenges, Essentra expects the new machines to be in place by June this year. These new machines, some already in development and others yet to be ordered, will replace machines in the UK, US and Spain. Phase three is expected to begin in May this year to thwart possible future timeline extensions and mitigate any potential disruption to deliveries and installations.
Essentra Components plans to replace its entire machine portfolio with a more energy-efficient model sometime in 2028.
Chris Butler, divisional engineering manager at Essentra Components, says the The first year of the machine replacement program was a great success: “We managed to deliver seven more machines than initially planned.
“We are starting to see the benefits of reduced energy consumption, improved quality performance and reduced cycle times. With the benefits rolling across the business, we’ve leveraged and increased the initial scope to hopefully reduce our initial two-year timeline. Although this is ambitious, reducing carbon emissions is a key objective for the company and even for the sector. »
The initial budget for the second phase was increased by £500,000 to meet growing business demands and the need for new equipment.
In total, Essentra plans to invest almost £7 million across the initial three phases, with the third phase due to start in June this year, ahead of the originally planned date.