Gail Hardinger, facilities manager, knew his air system could be improved and invited Rogers Machinery Company to review his operations. Data loggers were connected to gather information over a typical two (2) week period. After data collection, experts from Rogers presented the information and pointed out what was working and what was using too much energy. Armed with this information two (2) options or Energy Efficiency Measures (EEMs) were prepared each with;
Fujimi chose to proceed with a new VFD controlled air compressor with a temperature controlled VFD cooling fan to increase part load efficiency and lower pressure of the system. Once installed Rogers returned and again connected data collection equipment to fine tune the controls, educated the system owner and prove the savings.
Fujimi Wilsonville produces premium lapping and polishing compounds used in the manufacture of semiconductors, optics and metal finishing. Reliable clean compressed air is essential to their operations.
Energy savings played a key role in making this a viable project. However, Fujimi looked at this opportunity to improve the system reliability and performance even further:
Incentives provided by the Energy Trust of Oregon provided the extra push to move the project forward.
“Without the incentives in today’s economic climate we would have delayed this project for several years,” Gail remarked. “We are always improving our products, perfecting our manufacturing process and reducing waste to remain competitive in a world economy.”
Direct ETO incentives and the OBETC provided approximately 85% of the implementation costs which reduced the simple payback from 4.3 to 0.65 years. A return on investment upper management thought was worthy.