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EREK database of resource efficiency

Measures, Technologies and Good Practices

Do you want to know how much different measures and technological solutions would cost and how much money and resources they can save for your business? This database offers such data in a concise and comprehensive format.

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Digitalised one-piece-flow manufacturing

The wonders of digital production Digitalisation and product key saves material and energy costs Good example of 'just-in-time' manufacturing and customised production using digital solutions ...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Digitally tracking air leaks

Expected and unexpected benefits An app that pays for itself within a couple of weeks Digital tool to map out compressed air leaks in a production hall Freeing up funds for more repairs There is no...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 0.2 - 0.5 Year(s)
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Digitalising foundry production processes

Century-old system gets a digital makeover Easily integrated smartphone app optimises manual labour processes Identical output achieved while savings 400 tonnes on input € 45 000 saving on energy...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Implementing industrial energy management system in Finland

High standards deliver energy savings Three-tiered audit vital to high energy management standards at pioneering Finnish gyproc plant Audits coupled with real-time energy monitoring and fully engaged...
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Good practice

Clean production for energy savings and reduced waste-...

Strong results start with a firm commitment  A raft of energy savings and efficiency gains thanks to clean production methods employed under enhanced EMS Reduced waste and boosted energy performance ...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 1.4 Year(s)
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Implementing minimum-quantity lubrication principles

In the machining process, cooling lubricants play an important role in carrying away metal chips, cooling the workpiece and lubricating the area between tool and workpiece. The lubricant usually runs...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 25-78 %
Good practice

Replacing old transformers

Out with the old ... Old and outdate transformers can themselves be a burden on budgets Replacing them with modern units can boost efficiency Large factories and businesses running heavy machinery...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 6 Year(s)
Good practice

Metal specialist optimises pre-treatment to cut costs and...

Turning a need into a genuine opportunity Metal specialist rethinks its whole paint pre-treatment line   Massive time and cost savings, cleaner processes and a more streamlined process are the...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 3 Year(s)
Good practice

Resource-saving cleaning technology for heat exchangers

Quiet muscle for toughest tube-cleaning jobs      Blocked or obstructed tube bundles need to be cleaned to run efficiently Using a dedicated tube cleaning technology saves on water, chemicals and...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Preheating furnace for continues casting

The German casting company ACO Guss GmbH with about 300 employees produces casting parts for railway technology, mechanical engineering, and utility vehicles. Besides continuous casting processes,...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 1.5 Year(s)
Good practice

Preheating transport ladles

Cast-iron measures Company instals a more efficient burner system for preheating casting ladles Energy savings come to around € 29 000 a year The German casting company ACO Guss GmbH, with about 300...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 2.2 Year(s)
Good practice

Casting titanium components instead of milling

Titans of metal casting Technical advances in metal casting presented an opportunity to save resources Titanium casting and precision-milling technique led to large savings: 80 % energy and 75 %...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 75%