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As cooling time is one of the important factors for the quality requirements in plastic moulding, better control upon the same can improve the productivity to a great extent
There are many reasons to improve energy efficiency but the bottom line is cost effectiveness. Increased input cost like power, labour, raw material, infrastructure, etc has compelled the plastic processing industry to increase efficiency. Local and global competition is an addition to the same. In other words, improving productivity is most important than ever before.
To sustain and to make profit, control on costs is the biggest challenge. Production costs can be reduced or controlled by incorporating systems which may require little or no investment. Optimising the process and performance is the answer to face the challenge.
By increasing the energy efficiency, short-term and long-term benefits can be achieved and the bottom line can be strengthened. Efficient use of energy will play an important role in managing the present and forthcoming challenges. Better cooling is one of the ways.
Better cooling, improved efficiency
As cooling time is the biggest factor in plastic moulding cycle and one of the deciding factors for the quality requirements, better control upon the same will improve the productivity to a great extent.
It is essential to have a reliable and consistent cooling system in plastic processing. Most of the time water cooling is a forgotten area and the energy consumed there by, as the equipment is far off from the production area. Hence it is often a neglected area and no attention is paid to it unless there is a problem or there is a break down. Another problem is the cooling lines are often extended as and when the number of machines are increased or the capacities are expanded without considering the available cooling capacity.
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Analysis of cooling performance at regular intervals is always advisable to maintain and/or improve the cooling efficiency. Plastic moulding plant consumes 11% to 16% of the total energy consumed. Little care can reduce the energy consumption substantially. More attention is required if the system is consuming lesser energy than it should have, to find out whether the system is under-cooled.
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