Worldwide automation leaders, SMC Corporation will use FoodTech 2019 to solidify its promise of cost-effective customer centric solutions to the market. The brand prides itself on taking customers from cost savings to energy savings and recently coined the phrase, “As easy as SMC”.
For the first time, the SMC Energy Saving Roadmap will be on show to demonstrate the easy journey to achieving enhanced efficiencies and cost savings. According to William Lebihan, head of field sales for SMC Corporation Australia and New Zealand, energy saving has been a long-time focus for a company which prides itself on the kaizen philosophy of “continuous improvement”.
“Through our Energy Saving Customer Roadmap, SMC has helped customers around the country to realise tangible savings which benefit their bottom line,” said Lebihan.
In addition, Lebihan says that energy savings combine quick wins with a long-term vision.
“Your approach to energy savings should be holistic. Start somewhere and then continue to implement energy saving products through the line as you go along. While some like to do it all in one-go, we understand that this isn’t always feasible and as such, you need a skilled sales engineer to guide you on the most beneficial changes that you can make”.
Walking the Journey
In terms of the Energy Saving Roadmap, the process starts at the very beginning with the customer objectives. The customer may have a key objective when it comes to energy saving – what will make a difference to their bottom line? There are also energy saving targets to work to, and these are increasingly becoming more and more important and top of mind for businesses which SMC are dealing with.
SMC guides the customer through the various points on their machines which could benefit from energy saving components. Sometimes it is as easy as retrofitting a new more efficient product and this could mean ultimate energy and cost saving for the client. SMC assists customers to calculate the potential savings at each point. An energy efficiency calculator is available online to make this an easy process and products and then recommended.
Energy Saving Products
“Using an easy to understand chart, customers can see the products that make a difference and their potential savings. In our graphic on display at Foodtech, we highlight flow switches, regulators, boosters, 3 port solenoid valves, flow regulators, blow guns, vacuums, and the ALDS as our energy saving heroes,” Lebihan.
Energy saving range explained:
AR Regulator series:
Save up to 20 per cent in energy by reducing system pressure. The modular design of the AR series connects with other SMC air preparation equipment and it is suitable across a range of applications.
SY Valve Manifold series:
Known as one of SMC’s hero products, the new-generation SY series of valve manifolds offers a high flow rate with low power consumption in a compact design. With the food and beverage industry in mind and adhering to its stringent standards, the SY5000 series also includes a new IP69K manifold which is suitable for wet areas and can withstand wash down and cleaning.
AS-R Pressure Valve and A-SQ Valve Flow Valve:
Enjoy a cut in internal air consumption by up to 25 per cnet when using the AS-R pressure valve and an AS-Q flow valve on their cylinders. Shorten the response time of the return stroke and harmonises stroke movements to prevent a harsh jerky start.
VMG Blow Gun series:
70 per cent of the compressed air generated goes into air blow applications. Improve your competitiveness and boost your bottom line with the VMG series to enjoy a 20 per cent reduction in power consumption (when combined with an S coupler and Coil tube).
ZK2 Vacuum Ejector series:
Enjoy up to a 90 per cent reduction in energy with a dual-stage ejector for increased vacuum flow.
Lebihan concluded by saying: “We are really looking forward to hosting visitors at this year’s show and encourage everyone to come meet with us to discuss their energy saving requirements”.