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Making your textile plant more energy-efficient

Out of all the manufacturing industries, the textile sector is one of the most complex. The complexity of the textile industry has been dubbed as being owed to the fact it is a diverse and fragmented sector which is dominated by SMEs.

As the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory says in its paper titled ‘Energy-Efficiency Improvement Opportunities for the Textile Industry’, energy is one of the primary costs in the textile sector. There are also, as the Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory highlights, various energy-efficient opportunities in every textile plant, which can prove cost-effective to textile businesses.

Machinery is essential in the textiles trade. Without machinery and all its components such as parallel shaft gearboxes, Kumera clutches, Juboflex couplings, Murtdfeldt tensioners and Lenze variable speed pulleys, the textile industry cog would not turn.

Turn off all machinery

One way to reduce energy consumption in textile plants is to ensure that no unnecessary energy is being used. All machinery should therefore be turned off at the mains and not left on standby.

Regularly change bearings

Bearings, whether Amt linear bearings, Sferax linear bearings, or any type of bearings for that matter, play a vital role in machinery needed for manufacturing textiles.

Energy efficient bearings can also play a significant role in cutting textile plant energy costs.

According to Design Products and Applications, 30 percent of a textile plant’s energy consumption is used by the twisting machines. Twisting machines comprise of high precision spindles which are driven by two powerful motors. These machines are required to be operating 24 hours a day. One consequence of their perpetual use is, as Design Product Applications points out, frictional losses, which ultimately result in energy losses. To amount of loss that occurs within this machinery depends on the quality of the bearings which are secured on each end of the spindles.

To reduce the amount of energy being loss in twisting machinery, it is advisable to have new bearings for the supplier regularly fitted.

For high quality bearings, which are a crucial component of precision manufacturing, YB Components can provide you with AMT Linear bearings, which are now known as PMI linear bearings.

Install meters to measure savings

As the Natural Resources Defense Council advises in its paper about saving money and reducing population in textile mills, one of the fundamental steps in initiating efficiency improvements in textile factories is to install and operate accurate meters and measuring software.

By installing and operating meters you will be able to evaluate the energy efficiency of current procedures and practices within your textile plant. Having identified which methods are energy efficient and which ones are not, you will then be able to respond and act accordingly and instigate new or refined practices and equipment that will ensure your plant becomes more energy efficient.

If you require any bearings or specialist parts that will help make your textile manufacturing business more energy efficient get in touch with YB Components.