EECA Business Technology Grants.
25th January 2010
EECA understands that new technology can bring big improvements in energy efficiency, but sometimes it can be costly.
EECA can help your businesses invest in energy-efficient technologies that are new or under-utilised in New Zealand.
The technology grants a business can apply for are:
- Grants - up to 40% of the total project cost, up to a maximum of $100,000
- Scoping study grants - up to a maximum 75% of the study costs (up to $10,000)
The next funding round closes on the 26th March 2010, however there are several funding rounds a year. Click on the link to find out more about EECAs programs, case studies and how to apply. http://www.eecabusiness.govt.nz/services-and-funding/technology-grants
Emech finalist in the 10th Annual American Chamber of Commerce - DHL Express Awards.
27th August 2009
Everyone at Emech Control is extremely proud to have been selected as a finalist in these Annual Success & Innovation Awards AmCham’s Executive Director Mike Hearn says "these awards provide an opportunity to showcase companies that have demonstrated imagination, innovation and entrepreneurship, and to honour and celebrate their achievements".
For further details on the awards and finalists, see http://amcham.co.nz/?p=727
Perstima adoption of Emech technology provides 11% reduction in natural gas usage
19th August 2009
Perusahaan Sadur Timah Malaysia (PERSTIMA
) Berhad is the premier producer and supplier of high quality Tinplate for both the Malaysian Domestic and Export markets.
The Johor facility is equipped to produce 260,000 MT of prime grade tinplate annually, and the group across Vietnam and Malaysia delivered factory revenues for 2009 of US$40million.
A significant cost to the production facility is its production and consumption of steam as a product used in the generation of hot water for the washing of the tinplate.
The traditional method of using 6" direct steam sparge pipes into a 2 x large tanks was an inefficient and older style heating process.
This process lacked significant process control resolution, was inefficient and was time consuming at start-up.
Through a combination of measurement of the steam consumption through a vortex gas flow meter and data collected from their natural gas consumption figures. It was calculated that after migrating to the Emech inline direct steam water heating system the factory has proven that the Emech Inline system provides an average reduction in gas consumption in the order of 11-12% per day. This saving provided a capital project payback of less than 10 months.
The financial payback is enhanced with the engineering gains obtained where the plant can obtain in specification water immediately on start-up (no tank heating wait time) and production product quality improvements have been made through being able to actively manage the tin plate wash temperature and adjust it accordingly with process resolution to the heat retention/transfer of energy from the plate to the recirculated wash water (defined by the thickness of plate being processed).
Emechs Malaysian distributor Mr SK Tan from Advanced Process Instruments was key to the success of this project as he was involved in both early concept design proposals to Perstima and was on site to oversee the commissioning and installation of the final system.
See related article: Emech/Komax System delivers High Flow Steam/Water Heating Solution
Emech to attend 2009 Worldwide Food Expo
14th August 2009
Emech Control will be participating in the upcoming 2009 Worldwide Food Expo with our USA partner Birko Corporation. The Expo will be held at McCormick Place, Chicago, IL USA on the 28th to the 31st of October 2009. (http://www.worldwidefood.com/
Educational sessions on sustainability, food safety regulation and best practices will be shared a more than 75 conference workshops, however Emech Controls have completed some significant projects globally, saving Water and Energy costs for a number a customers. To discuss these and more, come and meet with Emech Control at the show or to request a meeting time at the Expo click here
The Worldwide Food Expo continues to be one of the largest food and beverage processing and packaging event in the world, covering more than a million square feet with exhibits and featuring 1,000 of the world's leading suppliers. It remains a must attend event for Emech as we present new applications together along with the latest developments in Emech technology and new ideas, building on and developing new relationships with our customers
The Expo will feature two co-located events: The AMI International Meat, Poultry & Seafood Industry Convention and Exposition and the IDFA Food, Dairy & Beverage Expo. More than 25,000 attendees from 100 countries will visit the show to learn about new technologies, trends and ideas.
Emech and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise: Tecnocarne 2009
11th August 2009
In the lead-up to the August 2009 Tecnocarne Trade exposition in Sao Paulo, Brazil, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise releases two articles outlining the drivers for this NZ Export driven initiative.
1) Entering the South American meat processing market
2) Kiwi companies count down to TecnoCarne
Tyson Fresh Meats - Houston, Texas implements multiple Emech systems
8th August 2009
Tyson Fresh Meats in Houston were tasked with a re-design and development of a simple and cost effective system to deliver Hot Water to the factory during the production day and enough supply for the volume requirements of the post production clean up crew.
While initially there was consideration given to the purchase of a new direct fired water heater, with a good supply of plant steam pressure available for heating on site, a direct steam heating process was preferred.
The opportunity for Emech Technology presented itself via Emechs distributor Condit Company. With minimal pre-determined engineering specification, Emech provided to Condit an "conceptual engineering layout" for discussion with Tyson Corporate Engineering and the Tyson Houston Plant.
The project then gained momentum after acceptance of concept and moved to formalized project management and solution support for the customer via Condit Company and the selected contractor ARMI Contracting.
The customer purchased and implemented a volume steam/water heating system to provide heated city water to 140°F, delivering it to a storage tank at 140°F. From the tank 2 x Emech F3 Hot Water recirculation loops were established, one blending to 110°F, another at 140°F. From the tank a single Emech F5 Steam/water mixing system was installed to deliver 180°F water to a third recirculation loop.
The finalized system design, supply of ancillary controls, sizing and supply of valves/pumps for installation was supported by Tim Clopp from Condit Company, who was on site to assist with the final project implementation, commissioning and signoff.
Fisher and Paykel Appliances implements Emech customized solution
5th August 2009
When Fisher and Paykel Appliances (www.fisherpaykel.com
) put out an REQ requesting an independent and portable controllable water supply unit for a single washing station for their production engineering and reliability laboratory, the challenge of delivering accuracy and flexibility within the specifications of a mobile unit was a challenge many vendors chose to "respond with a 'No Bid' to the RQF".
However, the challenge was an opportunity that spurred the creative enthusiasm of Emech Controls John Mead and was a challenge he wasn't going to let slip, despite the extremely tight delivery deadline and engineering complexity.
John spearheaded the design concept, and with a combination of Emech staff and external subcontractors, built, tested and commissioned delivery of a solution to Fisher and Paykels deadline.
Using the key enablers of the Emech closed loop control technology to deliver fast and accurate water temperature control, the system has 3 x variable speed drive controlled water re-circulating circuits through the hot, cold and chilled water supply tanks that keep these loops constantly moving and supplying the variable speed drive controlled water feed lines running from the Emech Temperature Valve systems, delivering tempered water at a wide variety of flows and temperatures that can be managed from the control panel, to Fisher and Paykels stringent appliance standards testing specifications.
Philips Lighting benefits from creative use of Emech Technology
27th July 2009
The glass stamping and molding process is a complex equation of balancing heat transfer hot molten material and manufacturing tooling, to optimize the production output and quality of product with engineering tool and die tolerances.
When the team at Philips Lighting at Danville, Kentucky were chartered with a challenge of improving RIM check pass rates, Emech was contacted by a factory representative to explore the opportunity for applying the Emech Technology to this very complex challenge.
Emech worked closely with the factory to assist the teams lead manager in the implementation of a system that allowed Philips Lighting to manage the tooling temperature control independently in a water recirculation process that minimizes the overall systems energy demand and water loss from the circuit.
After the installation and documented process improvements, the Team at Philips were awarded a "National Quality Improvement Award" that recognized not only the improvement in product yield achieved, but also their courage for choosing a creative solution that also delivered savings in water and energy consumption within a complex engineering environment.
Emech exhibits at TecnoCarne 2009, Sao Paulo, Brazil
14th July 2009
From the 25th to the 27th August, Emech Control Ltd. will be in Sao Paulo, Brazil, exhibiting at the 9th Edition of the TecnoCarne Tradeshow
Emech Control Ltd, a specialist valve and controls manufacturer, with global success in the Meat and Slaughter sector has been selected by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise to participate in this Tradeshow alongside other New Zealand vendors.
With the emergence of a global ethic driving industrial process efficiency and conservation in energy and water, the Emech technology provides unique opportunities for the customer to create improvement with swift paybacks for a number of the processes within this market sector.
Emechs commitment to the 2009 Technocarne Exposition in Brazil is in support of our current activities in Brazil, Chile and the wider Latin American region covering utility water minimization, and energy management / efficiency programs.
The participation in this Trade Exhibition builds upon the platform of work that has been completed by Emech internationally with JBS Friboi (www.jbs.com.br/ir
) and Cargill (www.cargill.com
), alongside projects currently in progress with Minerva (www.minerva.ind.br
) Marfrig (www.marfrig.com.br
), Bertin (www.bertin.com.br
Download a PDF of the Portuguese/English TecnoCarne Brochure
If you would like to meet with Emech to discuss your plants requirements or business needs, please email: email@example.com
with your contact details.
Unlimited Magazine Reports from the Entrepreneurial frontline
17th April 2009
When is a recession good news? When you’re flexible and entrepreneurial and can cut costs for your customers.
Emechs CEO Marcel van Dijck features in Unlimited Magazines article "When Bad is Good".
For the full article click through the link: http://unlimited.co.nz/unlimited.nsf/default/A319...
Simple 2-stage temperature steam/water mixing solution
4th December 2008
Emech delivers a simple 2-stage temperature steam/water mixing solution, saving both capital and energy costs.
In 2005 Heinz adopted the Emech F5, Steam/Water mixing system as a simple solution to control their vessel temperatures for their yellow fats blending operation.
The system has performed beyond expectations since 2005, coping with the input fluctuations in steam pressure and water temperature, maintaining set-points to the jacket and improving their overall productivity and process consistency since being installed.
It was no surprise then, that Heinz contacted Emech Control Ltd. again to discuss how they could address some minor changes to save energy in their operation around their CIP circuits. Emech engaged with Heinz and with an understanding that they ran their production jackets using an Emech F5 steam water heater to take cold 10°C water to 35°C for the vessels (Delta T being 25°C), and with a demand for CIP water at 70°C, they were considering options for purchasing a new size of Emech F5 system to implement on their CIP circuit.
After consultation with John Mead from Emech Control Ltd , and answering a few simple questions about their plant it was uncovered that they had ample plant hot water supply at 50-60°C, and that a similar Delta T value of 20°C (refer: 25°C temperature rise provided by steam as per their jacket control) would be required from this hot water supply to deliver 70°C for their CIP circuit. Through the clever use of their on site PLC, a couple of normally closed and normally open solenoid valves, interfacing the PLC to provide a mA temperature set-point requirements to the Emech actuator, small pipe-work changes to bring their plant hot water as a feed line into the water input side pipe-work of the Emech F5, a very "simple" and "cost effective" system was created to be able to cope with the demands of both production temperatures for the vessel, and CIP temperatures for the cleaning process, through the clever switching of the water inputs. Saving the customer "money on what they expected the project to cost" and "ongoing energy savings through the use of the extra capacity in their pre-existing hot water supply circuit".
Marcel van Dijck commented that: "At Emech, its what we do to work with customers to improve their processes, using the enabling features of Emech technology and our experience to save them money on energy and utilities, that keeps customers like Heinz partnering with us on practical solutions".