Project: Compressed Air Upgrade
ESTABLISHED in 1865, Godfrey Hirst is Victoria’s first commercial woollen mill. With over 600 employees, the key objective of Godfrey Hirst is to maintain and improve the company’s position as Australia’s largest tufted carpet manufacturer while adhering to environmentally sustainable principles.
With 30 tufting machines handling up to 1200 separate yarns each, this is a major consumer of compressed air on site. So, when Godfrey Hirst embarked on an expansion of its production facilities, the company contacted Champion Compressors to design, install and commission a fully engineered energy-efficient compressed-air system.
The Champion solution comprised two skid-mounted 132kW VOC 132 rotary screw compressors, equipped with a variable output airend. These units are built to meet a system demand of 1300cfm at 12psig and complemented with a suite of Champion’s ancillary air-treatment equipment.
These include a comprehensive air dryer and filtering system, designed to integrate with the on-site air receiver and an existing 75kW CSD75 Champion compressor. A heat-recovery system was also implemented to capture the waste heat and utilise the energy for raising the temperature of the boiler make-up water.
With the upgraded compressed-air system working effectively and fully supported by the compressor company, Godfrey Hirst can now continue to expand its business knowing it is growing its energy savings while simultaneously reducing its impact on the environment.