05/2009 - RSL Steeper reduces energy costs with BOGE

RSL Steeper, a manufacturer of prosthetic and orthotic products, has reduced their compressed air energy costs by 45% through replacing an ageing compressor with a BOGE S15 screw compressor at their manufacturing facility in Leeds. RSL Steeper is the largest supplier of prosthetic and orthotic patient care services in the UK. At their site in Leeds, RSL Steeper manufactures a range of upper extremity prosthetic systems and components including cosmetic products as well as mechanical and electrical powered systems from simple passive hands with silicone cosmetic gloves to multi function Myo electric hands and powered elbows.

Compressed air is used in the manufacturing process to power a number of air tools as well as a bio-reactor. The bio-reactor performs an important health and safety role in the production process. VOC's (or volatile organic compounds) are generated in the manufacturing process from applications such as gluing. The bio-reactor purifies such air pollutants.

The company has recently realised significant reductions in their compressed air related energy costs by replacing an ageing compressor with a BOGE S15 screw compressor.

A compressor breakdown caused Ian Hamilton, the Product Supplies Production Manager at RSL Steeper to call on their recently appointed local compressed air service provider, BOGE for assistance.

Ian Hamilton explains "On attending the breakdown, BOGE recommended replacing the ageing compressor - an option which they suggested would be more cost effective than affecting the repair. BOGE subsequently performed an audit on the existing compressed air system which additionally highlighted that energy cost savings would also be made by upgrading the equipment. The estimated energy savings were significant. As a result we agreed to the recommendation to upgrade the compressor."

A BOGE S15 screw compressor was subsequently installed.

The S15 forms part of the established and award winning BOGE S series screw compressor product range. The innovatively designed S series clean modern lines and simple uncluttered layout set a standard some years ago that has since been imitated but not surpassed.

Ian Hamilton concludes "Since the installation of the S15, BOGE has been back to re-audit the upgraded compressed air system. Results have since been produced which demonstrate that the new compressor is creating a 45% reduction in compressed air energy costs on a week to week basis!"

A BOGE S15 has assisted RSL Steeper in reducing their associated energy costs by 45%

RSL Steeper manufactures prosthetic and orthotic products at their site in Leeds

Editors Notes

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 dedicated network of 36 distributors throughout the UK and Ireland.

BOGE Compressors Ltd., Rastrick Common, Brighouse, West Yorkshire, HD6 3DR
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