01/2006 - Say Cheese! An energy efficient solution for The Cheese Company
BOGE Compressors has designed and built a complete energy-efficient turn-key compressed air solution for The Cheese Company’s Lockerbie creamery. This unique installation will simultaneously provide a reliable and energy-efficient source of compressed air to both the creamery and Arla Foods’ new 150 million litre dairy facility being built alongside it.
The new turn-key solution incorporates a Boge SF220 frequency controlled screw compressor, and two BOGE S220 fixed speed screw compressors complete with dryers, filtration and a BOGE MCS Pro Plus energy management system.
The Cheese Company, which is part of Milk Link (one of the UK’s leading vertically integrated dairy processors), produces a range of high quality Cheddars and British regional cheese for the retail, food service and ingredient sectors. Cheddars, half-fat Cheddar, Red Leicester and butter are all produced at the Lockerbie creamery. Compressed air is used at many stages of the cheese and butter making processes.
In order to expand the Lockerbie facility to accommodate the new Arla dairy all of the site’s systems were reviewed. Rod Challis, Engineering Manager at the Lockerbie Site, said: “It was apparent that our original compressed air system would not be able to meet the air demands of the site’s increased production. We therefore needed to install a new system that ensured we achieved the most economical and efficient use of compressed air regardless of peak or off-peak air demands or fluctuations in production levels.
At the same time opting for energy efficient equipment was an important factor in designing the new compressor house in order to meet our own environmental goals. The impact of the ‘energy-tax’ (the CCL) and the European Unions Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) were also factors in our choice to integrate energy efficient equipment that would assist us in reducing our energy consumption. BOGE demonstrated their energy competency to us and suggested a number of energy efficient solutions when designing our compressed air system.”
BOGE SF series frequency controlled screw compressors work strictly in accordance with the compressed air demand by producing the exact volume of compressed air at the pressure required. Frequency control minimises idling time and evens out air demand fluctuations.
The BOGE MCS Pro Plus energy management system controls the installation and ensures that only the most efficient supply of compressed air is used at all times. Moreover the MCS Pro Plus audits the system on an on-going basis to calculate air usage and electricity usage. It also maintains a constant system pressure to within 0.3 bar of the required system pressure.
The Cheese Company’s Lockerbie creamery
This unique installation provides a reliable and energy-efficient source of
compressed air to both the creamery and the new Arla dairy.
The Cheese Company produces a range of high quality Cheddars
The Lockerbie creamery produces; Cheddars, half-fat Cheddar,
Red Leicester and butter.
BOGE designed and built a complete turn-key solution at
The Cheese Company’s Lockerbie creamery
Pictured above; the BOGE MCS Pro Plus energy management system,
which controls an installation and ensures that only the most efficient
supply of compressed air is used at all times.
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BOGE Compressors Ltd is the UK Daughter Company of BOGE International GmbH based in Bielefeld, Germany. BOGE manufactures a comprehensive range of oil lubricated and oil free screw and piston compressors used by all sectors of industry to supply compressed air for a wide range of manufacturing processes. It also supplies a complementary range of filters, dryers and condensate management equipment. The product is sold and serviced through a network of 30 distributors. A sister company based in Dublin services the Irish market.
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