10_2009

10/2009 - BOGE furnish energy savings for Carleton

As part of a company wide cost reduction strategy Carleton Furniture Group is on track to save over £22,000 per annum with their compressed air system.
Carleton Furniture Group - one of the UK's leading manufacturers of contract furniture - specialise in the provision of commercial, educational, residential, and kitchen furniture solutions. At their manufacturing facility in Pontefract compressed air is used to power a number of important processes including powering the timber plant machines, the tube bending machines and the airlines for fettling.

As part of a company wide energy efficiency and cost reduction strategy Alan Bennett, the Manufacturing and Design Director at Carleton Furniture Group has been reviewing all areas of energy consumption. Most recently this included calling on local compressed air supplier BOGE for advice on the existing compressed air system.

In order to assess the energy efficiency of the existing compressed air system BOGE performed a comprehensive site audit. This exercise demonstrated the amount of compressed air being generated over an average period of time next to the actual amount required. The results suggested that by replacing the existing compressors with energy efficient versions Carleton Furniture Group would save over £18,000 per annum.

These savings were based on installing an S15 screw compressor along with the SLF40 frequency controlled screw compressor for this application. The BOGE SLF series combines a direct coupled drive system with frequency control to provide the ultimate compressor for pressure control under variable output requirements. The SLF is therefore a low carbon technology that works 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.

Carleton Furniture Group chose to proceed with BOGE's recommendations and funded the new compressed air system with an energy-efficiency loan from The Carbon Trust, a loan designed to provide the SME business with interest free money to fund replacement equipment with cost saving energy efficient technologies. As Alan Bennett said "In the current economic times it made funding the project viable. BOGE suggested the Loan to us as one option in financing the new equipment and when we chose to pursue this route they were on hand to guide us through the application process."

A BOGE SLF40 and a BOGE S15 screw compressor were subsequently installed.

In order to verify the savings after installation, BOGE conducted a post audit. The results proved to be even better than predicted demonstrating that Carleton Furniture Group was set to save over £22,000 per annum with their compressed air system!
Alan Bennett said "The service we have received from BOGE from the outset has been first class and we are delighted with the predicted energy savings the new system will deliver."


Carleton Furniture Group is on track to save over £22,000 per annum with their compressed air system


At their manufacturing facility in Pontefract compressed air is used to power a number of important processes


Carleton Furniture Group specialises in the provision of commercial, educational, residential, and kitchen furniture solutions

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
Tel: +44 (0) 1484 719921 Fax: +44 (0) 1484 712516
E-mail: uk (at) boge.com Web: www.boge.co.uk
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