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Bancroft Bag banks on higher profit margins by lowering its energy consumption

Reported by Jack Mans in PackagingDigest.com on 10/20/2011  Bancroft Bag Inc., West Monroe, LA, recently made a proactive investment into reducing its supply-side KWH (kilowatt) consumption. The manufacturer of paper bags for pet food, fertilizer, mining, and chemical product applications, partnered with WPS Global Inc. to install a customized energy reduction system in its 348,000-sq-ft facility. “We expect this decision will produce a significant drop in our power usage, monthly electricity bills and in downtime and expenses associated with power surge damage,” explains David Sheppert, project manager, Bancroft Bag. The supply-side KWH reduction solution from WPS Global meets the needs of a cost-conscious, sustainability-minded operating environment like Bancroft’s with proprietary technology that…READ MORE DID YOU KNOW? The first step to adding thousands of dollars back to your bottom line is an audit by WPS Global Inc. The audit is painless and the end result is an action plan that will reduce your facility’s energy use, costs and impact on the environment. Contact WPS Global to take this first...

WPS Global helps corrugated industry "Untap a New Revenue Source"

M-real/Kemiart Liners asked Bill Behrmann, president, WPS Global Inc., to speak on the topic of Electrical KWH Reduction during its annual technical seminar in October. Titled “Untap a New Revenue Source,” Behrmann’s presentation demonstrated how power distortion (a.k.a. “dirty power”) causes spikes in power usage and energy costs. Behrmann reviewed with attendees the various ways to achieve energy efficiency, including the myths and challenges that corrugators and packaging facilities face today. He explained how the WPS Global solution – supply-side KWH reduction – achieves 3 critical energy management goals: 1.Reduces energy usage and costs 2.Protects equipment against electrical surges 3.Reduces your impact on the environment   Shown in image on right: This is a power quality meter reading taken before the WPS Global system is installed. The voltage and amperage levels shown illustrate dirty power. Behrmann frequently speaks on the topic of supply-side energy management. To learn more about his speaking engagements and availability, contact...

THE FACTS: SUPPLY -SIDE KWH REDUCTION

Energy costs are increasing and you’re looking for every opportunity to reduce those costs. Discover why so many of your peers have adopted a customized energy management solution from WPS Global. The following facts will give you an insider perspective on how your facility can plug into a new energy saving strategy that will truly impact your bottom line. SUPPLY -SIDE KWH REDUCTION Who, What, Where, Why, When, and How Who is this energy saving strategy designed for? Corrugated, paperboard and packaging businesses Operating equipment with high energy demands What is it? This energy saving strategy combines proprietary technology and components, installed on site, to create a custom-designed solution for each individual facility While the solution is designed exclusively for the facility and its energy management needs, the end result to directly reduce kilowatt consumption, never waivers Once in place, the system quickly translates to significant and enduring electrical savings for up to 15 years Where is it installed? The main switch gear is where power comes into the facility WPS Global’s system starts its work here and filters the power for the entire facility WPS Global’s system components are mounted in: Drive cabinets Lighting panels Main switch gears Buss bars Disconnect clusters Motors And anywhere else to ensure the best results in kilowatt reduction Reducing card loss and drive malfunctions The facility’s power room after WPS Global’s system installation looks exactly as it did before the install The system’s components are installed so that they are accessible but not noticeable Why is it installed at the power source? It is important to filter power at the drive cabinets because of the...

Sustainability & Electrical Energy Reduction Remain Top-of-Mind

As a manufacturer of corrugated packaging, Bill Thom, senior vice president of operations, TimBar Packaging & Display, sustainability is top-of-mind as part of TimBar’s business philosophy. “Companies concerned with sustainability would prefer to do business with like-minded companies,” explains Thom. “Like many of our customers are, TimBar is furthering its track record for investing in projects that will reduce our carbon footprint.” TimBar partnered with WPS Global to implement a customized supply-side energy-saving system that guarantees a 10 percent reduction in electrical savings. Based on WPS Global’s success with other corrugated facilities and results to-date, Thom is expecting even better results — as high as a 14 to 20% savings.  “We have continually strived to minimize waste, increase productivity and design packaging that performs to specifications while utilizing the least amount of fiber possible,” says Thom. “WPS Global’s supply-side energy management solution meets our sustainability needs and we believe it will pay for itself in energy savings.” To inquire about a customized energy audit for your facility, contact Bill Behrmann at 888-803-2903 or...

Behrmann of WPS Global, speaking at the M-real / Kemiart Liners Annual Technical Seminar

Bill Behrmann, president, WPS Global Inc., has been invited by M-real/Kemiart Liners to speak on the topic of Electrical KWH Reduction during its annual technical seminar on October 5, 2011 in Toronto, Canada. With several success stories proving thousands of dollars saved and a solid return on investment, WPS Global has created a strong following within the corrugated, paperboard and packaging industry. Behrmann sees a strong industry trend toward “zero waste” initiatives, leading companies to seek out-of-the-box strategies that will cut costs, improve productivity, and meet sustainability criteria. For more information about the M-real/Kemiart Liners technical seminar or to reserve a spot, contact Rebecca Cohen at rebecca.cohen@m-real.com or 203-229-7482. Behrmann frequently speaks on the topic of supply-side energy management. To learn more about his speaking engagements and availability, contact us....

KWH Reduction: The Proof is in the Immediate Savings

Niagara Sheets partnered with WPS Global to implement a customized energy savings plan tailored specifically for the Tonawanda NY plant. Just 90 days after WPS Global installed its comprehensive energy solution, Niagara Sheets had already realized over $10,000 in savings. NIAGARA SHEETS’ ENERGY SAVINGS AFTER WPS GLOBAL’S INSTALLATION Month % From Average Effect on Energy Bill 1 -13.59% ($3,198.14) 2 -10.00% ($2,244.01) 3 -20.10% ($4,988.33) Savings at 90 Days -14.56% ($10,430.48) John Bolender, president, Niagara Sheets LLC, says the results met his initial expectations, “The data so far already demonstrates a nearly 15 percent reduction in kilowatts consumption compared to last year.” Before implementing WPS Global’s audit and plan, the Niagara Sheets’ executive team – president, vice president of operations and comptroller – were tracking energy consumption and usage according to monthly KWH per MSF of production. With the solution in place, the team will receive reports from WPS Global making it effortless to see energy consumption and cost savings every month. According to Bolender, the executive team anticipates to see an ongoing positive impact on the facility’s bottom line. Surviving in the uber-competitive corrugated business means sheet feeders like Niagara Sheets must think out-of-the-box when it comes to reducing costs. “Pennies can make the difference between making or losing a sale — we need to explore every opportunity to reduce our operating expenditures,” says  Bolender. WPS Global is an energy management organization serving corrugated, paperboard and packaging businesses. The first step to having a customized energy saving audit and plan developed for your facility is easy, quick and painless. Contact Bill Behrmann at 888-803-2903 or...

ZERO DOWNTIME JUST ONE BENEFIT OF SUPPLY-SIDE ELECTRICITY REDUCTION SYSTEM

WPS Global’s KWH-reducing solution requires no downtime and no employee involvement and will play a significant role in sustainability initiatives.  Businesses like TimBar Packaging & Display’s Miami Florida facility have installed a WPS Global customized energy-saving solution, guaranteed to reduce energy consumption by at least 10 percent, for many reasons. One of the leading benefits is the fact that the system requires no involvement from employee resources. Another is how it plays an integral role in significantly reducing energy usage and carbon footprint. TimBar partnered with WPS Global to implement a customized supply-side energy-saving system that guarantees a 10 percent reduction in electrical savings. According to Bill Thom, senior vice president of operations, TimBar Packaging & Display, the company is hoping to achieve a 14 to 20 percent reduction based on the successes WPS Global has had with other corrugator and sheet plants. “Companies concerned with sustainability would prefer to do business with like-minded companies,” explains Thom. “Like many of our customers are, TimBar is furthering its track record for investing in projects that will reduce our carbon footprint.” Even with the most advanced, high efficiency equipment, WPS Global’s senior systems designer, Bill Behrmann, says that corrugated, paperboard and packaging businesses cannot realize optimal energy effectiveness or maximum savings. He says, “You must control the supply side of the equation.” By implementing WPS Global’s specific system in its Miami facility, TimBar will see significant reductions in the power being consumed by its large-scale energy-consuming equipment. A big plus for TimBar is that the installation involved zero downtime and the system’s daily implementation requires no involvement from employees. As a manufacturer...

Are brown-outs and electrical surges putting your facility at risk?

Power surges due to lightning strikes can wreak havoc on expensive, computerized manufacturing equipment. Sending 1,000 or more volts through any power wire or cable in its path, a surge, or oversupply of voltage, can disrupt software, delete data and destroy circuitry. A surge can last of to 50 microseconds, and althrough very short in duration, it can cause expensive problems for corrugators, converters and printers operating large computerized equipment in terms of downtime, lost income, repair and replacement expenses, or even fire damage. Discover the unique solution WPS Global has created, backed by a 10 year warranty, to help these businesses take Mother Nature head-on. MAKING HEADLINES: Official Board Markets recently published a product update about WPS Global Inc.’s Protective Energy Management...

Did You Know? MOV is No Guarantee

If your facility operates computer-driven equipment, this is something you need to know. MOV IS NO GUARANTEE All MOVs used in surge protection devices (SPDs) are designed to take those larger, catastrophic electrical surges and divert them to the ground. While equipment manufacturers build-in MOV devices for protection, they currently offer customers no warranties against lighting or other causes of electrical surges and spikes. This is because once the surge takes place, the MOV is damaged and rendered useless. It isn’t always the large catastrophic weather events that cause damage. A piece of equipment can be subjected to smaller electrical surges which over time cause damage. WPS Global’s Protective Energy Management System is made to withstand any lightning event that can lead to damage. In the rare instance a unit sacrifices itself, WPS Global’s 10 year warranty guarantees the unit will be replaced.  The warranty covers the whole unit, not just certain components. NO MAINTENANCE PROTECTION WPS Global’s Protective Energy Management System is a maintenance-free surge protection solution. Once WPS Global installs a system, the customer need only check an indicator light periodically to ensure the unit is working properly. For more information about electrical surge protection for the industrial marketplace and manufacturing environments, contact Bill...

Fighting Mother Nature with Electrical Surge Protection

Severe weather and lightening cause millions of dollars in equipment damage and production losses for manufacturers each and every year. For manufacturers no longer willing to take these losses, WPS Global is helping them take Mother Nature head-on with an electrical surge suppression system. Find out how your facility can avoid expensive equipment damage and costly...