Production at the New Center Stamping plant is highly dependent on access to a reliable source of compressed air. Only a 25% reduction in available pressure causes air – dependent machinery to automatically shut down.
Some of the equipment dated as far back as the 1920’s when the building – made famous in the movie 8 Mile – was constructed. Breakdown and resultant repairs of the aging system was a frequent cause of interruptions to production. When a production critical unit broke down and replacement parts were no longer available, a system wide upgrade was considered.
The Energy Alliance Group of Michigan (EAG) was tasked with developing a comprehensive replacement for New Center’s piecemeal and outdated compressed air system. EAG teamed up with an alliance partner, Air Technologies, for a unique solution known as DirectAIR®.
The staff at New Center noted the solution included the following list of unexpected benefits:
Dramatic noise reduction – with the compressors now housed in a separate structure outside the building, the noise level within the building dropped dramatically.
Air consumption computer controlled – less waste and a significant reduction in electrical use due to computer monitored air production resulting in optimum air volume with no excess.
Improved space utilization – the former compressed air equipment will be removed and the now free space will be converted into a new storage area.
Zero down time – all maintenance and repairs of the DirectAIR® equipment are included with the service and the equipment is constantly monitored offsite. Automated system alerts provide DirectAIR® service technicians with the spontaneous information they need that allows them to show up for service before the New Center staff is even aware a problem is developing. Backup systems are also contained in the unit to guarantee zero downtime.
“The cost barrier of upgrading to efficient and dependable production equipment can now be overcome through the use of innovative options!” Scott Ringlein
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