MACOM, a worldwide semiconductor and component manufacturer, has hired IMEC to assist with one aspect of its plant expansion project in Lowell, MA. Total electric and natural gas savings will total $52,000 annually.
A long-time customer was concerned about increasing power costs, as one of their manufacturing plants in Massachusetts was facing rising utility “demand charges” for peak power usage. The scenario presented a perfect opportunity for our engineering team to go beyond traditional Combined Heat & Power (CHP) and dramatically reduce peak electricity and demand charges.
Most of our mechanical design and build work involves retrofitting existing facilities with customized systems that require nuanced energy and data management. As you would expect, sophisticated digital controls are an essential facet of every project. Unfortunately, the cost and ease with which controls can be added to an existing mechanical framework varies greatly—from being “a piece of cake” to you may as well “fuhgeddaboudit.”
Happens all the time. We walk into a facility for an initial visit and see a proliferation of pumps—here, there, everywhere. Nothing drives us crazier, because the overuse of pumps is inefficient and expensive, and with a little forethought and creative thinking, completely unnecessary.
Here’s how to avoid creating a pump nightmare in your facility