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Audit helps energy management Reid Industrial Graphic Products strives to provide innovative solutions to human-machine interface (HMI) .com oto kph toc ©iS

problems. But as the company faces steep rises in electricity prices,

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managing energy use has come to play an increasingly important role in business operations. Aware of the rising costs and impact on the environment, Reid Industrial decided to engage Assurance Consulting to undertake an energy audit of its Brisbane-based site. The company’s goal was not only to identify energy savings, but more importantly to reduce its carbon footprint.

The on-site survey analysis indicated electrical usage data of 129,104 kWh per annum. The total electricity costs for this period came to a total of $46,019 with an average monthly spend of $3835. The site’s greenhouse gas emissions represented 102 tonnes of carbon dioxide released per year. Something had to be done. The outcome of the audit was suggestions to make cost-effective recommendations. This involved replacing the majority of Reid Industrial’s existing lighting with high-quality LED technology, as well as the implementation of an on-site renewable power source — solar panels. By taking action and implementing the integrated recommendation, Assurance Consulting estimated Reid Industrial’s new annual electricity bill to be approximately $12,537 — with the predicted savings increasing as future price rises occur. In addition, Reid Industrial has pledged to do its best to minimise the impact operations have on the environment. Reid Industrial Graphic Products www.reidindustrial.com.au

TANK-MOUNTED SCROLL AIR COMPRESSOR Southern Cross Compressors has added the 4.5 kW tank-mounted version to its Ganey Scroll series of orbital technology air compressor. Designed to be ultraquiet and energy efficient, the lightweight, high-output compressor offers a capacity of 0.663/min at 8 bar — a higher output than a conventional 5.5 kW, reciprocating, piston type. With capacities from 4.5 to 7.5 kW, the Ganey range of advanced, lubricated, ‘Scroll technology’ compressors provides good energy efficiency with minimal moving parts.

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The compact air compressors are vibration-free, quiet and reliable. Suitable for applications where low noise is a consideration, the dynamically balanced, non-contact orbital scroll results in ultraquiet operation. Maintenance requirements are minimised as the unit is direct drive, meaning there are no drive belts to wear or need replacement. Continuous load capability and an integral aftercooler delivers high-quality, clean air. Advanced control and monitoring technology provides simple, positive operation with built-in temperature and overload protection. Southern Cross Compressor Technology Pty Ltd www.sccompressors.com.au

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