Friday, September 19, 2014

News: Rotherham manufacturers save with Powerstar

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Rotherham firms, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions and Newburgh Precision, have joined other established Yorkshire manufacturing companies such as Swann Morton and AESSEAL, in installing locally engineered voltage optimisation solution, Powerstar to cut their energy consumption.

The Powerstar system is the only voltage optimisation system wholly designed and manufactured in the UK and works by reducing the the voltage supplied by the National Grid. It can actively reduce electrical energy consumption by an average of 12-15% of consumed electricity.

It was developed by Dr Alex Mardapittas at EMSc (UK) Ltd, which employs over 100 people and has manufactured more than 4,000 systems installed in 15 countries. Having grown up in Rotherham, the teenage company recently expanded from its premises at Templeborough and relocated to St Paul's Developments' Smithy Wood Business Park in Sheffield, increasing manufacturing capacity by 500%.

Dave Burrows, plant provision manager at Newburgh Precision, where they have seen a 10% reduction in energy consumption and annual financial savings of £14,079 at their Templeborough facility, said: "Powerstar gave us an effective, guaranteed option to reduce our electricity consumption and carbon emissions. We have seen a reduction in motor drive failures, giving us greater efficiency and providing further savings on top of those promised."

Newburgh Precision is a contract manufacturing specialist whose components and assemblies are benchmarked against the best in the world and are distributed globally to customers in all major industrial sectors.

Speaking of the installation at Trelleborg, which saw savings of 11.2%, production engineer Daniel Durrant commented: "Powerstar presented their findings and showed us we could make further, significant reductions as well as reducing harmonics and correcting the incoming voltage for our equipment on site. The guaranteed savings presented were exceeded and the installation was quick with minimal disruption. I'd fully recommend voltage optimisation through Powerstar."

Also based at Templeborough, Trelleborg's Rotherham facility is part of the Swedish industrial group that is a world leader in engineered polymer solutions that seal, damp and protect critical applications in demanding environments.

Dr. Alex Mardapittas, managing director of Powerstar, said: "We offer a full supportive approach to all our clients to ensure we only install the best engineered solution for their site. As a Yorkshire based manufacturing company we know that our clients, especially those in Yorkshire, appreciate this tailored personal approach."

Powerstar website

Images: Newburgh Precision

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