Animal feed manufacturer saves 30 per cent on electricity bills

Leading British manufacturer of pig and poultry compound feed, ABN, has cut its electricity bills by 30 per cent The company which produces 1.7 million tonnes of feed per annum […]

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By Janet Knight

Leading British manufacturer of pig and poultry compound feed, ABN, has cut its electricity bills by 30 per cent

The company which produces 1.7 million tonnes of feed per annum from its ten mills located throughout the UK, wanted to examine the energy efficiency of some of its key processes.

ABN’s Supply Chain Director Alex Masih says: “We particularly wanted to look at cooler fans, grinders, grinder extractor fans and air compressors. IDS promised us they could achieve significant energy savings.”

Following a survey by ABB Drives Alliance Partner, Inverter Drive Systems, thirty three ABB industrial drives were installed at the mills, with ratings ranging from 7.5 to 200kW.

Power savings are in the region of 30 per cent, while work on variable speed control of cooler fans at the company’s Northallerton site has shown potential for a further 23 per cent saving giving an estimated pay-back period of two years.