Metal-crafter to cut energy costs by £11k

A firm which crafts metal parts is set to save itself £11,000 a year in energy costs. The West Yorkshire-based company Cirteq which turns wire into metal fasteners has seen its […]

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By Vicky Ellis

A firm which crafts metal parts is set to save itself £11,000 a year in energy costs.

The West Yorkshire-based company Cirteq which turns wire into metal fasteners has seen its energy costs have fallen from 3.36p per hour to 1.47p an hour since installing variable-speed drives, according to the installer ABB.

Variable speed drives or VSDs are pieces of equipment which regulate the speed and rotational force, or torque output, of an electric motor.

Bob Holinski, Cirteq’s plant manager said a more modern control system had stopped them experiencing production stoppages.

Mr Holinski said: “The size of wire determines the speed the machine should run at. The previous system used a series of gears to alter the speed, which meant we did not have a great range of speeds.

“With the new VSD based system, we can alter the speeds of the drum easily using a dial on the control console, giving us better overall speed control,” he added.