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Dr. Michael Muller's presentation on energy efficiency in industrial environments during PlasticsToday.com's virtual event is definitely not his first foray into the field of energy smart plastics manufacturing.

PlasticsToday Staff

August 9, 2011

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Energy efficiency expert addresses best power practices for plastics

Dr. Michael Muller's presentation on energy efficiency in industrial environments during PlasticsToday.com's virtual event is definitely not his first foray into the field of energy smart plastics manufacturing. A professor at the University of Rutgers School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and the director for the Center for Advanced Energy Systems (CAES), Muller's research team took part in a sweeping review of plastics manufacturing firms, undertaking energy audits and making recommendations that provided immediate energy, and thereby cost, savings at 11 different companies across the U.S.

When CAES audited Dickten & Masch Manufacturing Co.'s annual energy bills, the Nashotah, WI injection molder's final tally totaled $708,760. After implementing two-thirds of CAES's recommendations, including installation of energy efficient lighting, addition of variable frequency drives on motors, better control of the compressed air system, and controlled application of outside air, the molder was able to realize savings of $34,743, with paybacks on investments like drives and lighting ranging from 2 to 29 months.

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Dicten & Masch energy savings

Energy conservation opportunities identified in the assessment that were implemented by Dickten & Masch reduced electrical usage by more 632,000 KWH, subsequently cutting electrical demand by approximately 1528 KW-mo per year. Annual natural gas usage was also reduced by 210 MMBtu. How much could you be saving?

As part of a joint Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI)/Department of Energy Program, the CAES, through its member universities, examined the energy footprint of 11 plastics manufacturing firms, including other injection molders like Bemis, and Moraine Molded Products, offering energy-efficiency recommendations.

Bringing insights into that work and the potential for energy savings at your own plant, Michael Muller, will address the potential for energy savings in industrial environments, with a particular emphasis on injection molding companies, during PlasticsToday.com's September 8 virtual event, Continuous Improvement in Injection Molding.

Muller, who received his Ph.D in engineering from Brown University, brings to his presentation more than 30 years of experience in the field of industrial energy usage. In addition to working with the CAES, Muller is also involved with the New Jersey Program for Manufacturing Excellence (NJME), which undertakes engineering assessments and energy audits of local companies, looking at pollution prevention, energy efficiency, and waste minimization. The Department of Energy, as part of its efforts to identify human resources to solve energy problems, established a program that designated energy experts in various sub disciplines of interest to industry, recognizing three CAES members, including Muller in the area of process heating.

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