Epiroc's Essen Plant Certified to ISO 50001
Published: 30/9, 2019
Epiroc's Essen, Germany, manufacturing facility has been certified to the stringent ISO 50001 Energy Management System.
The strictest of all the ISO standards, ISO 50001 certification requires documented yearly reductions in electricity and gas consumption. The Essen factory, which makes medium and heavy hydraulic breaker attachments for excavators, has implemented a number of effective initiatives to offset its energy-intensive production processes.
The heat treatment process has been optimized to avoid wasting energy, with ovens only being operated when they are filled to capacity. Optimum quantities of parts and materials are used at all process steps. A new powder coating that works with lower temperatures is currently being tested. LEDs are used wherever possible as well.
There are clear benefits for both the environment and the Essen plant. During 2017-2018, the plant achieved a 9% reduction in electricity and gas consumption, while at the same time increasing its output. Lower energy consumption shrinks the plant's environmental impact, and helps reduce operating costs. ISO 50001 certification makes it easier for Epiroc to obtain external financial support for environmentally driven investments.
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