Suzuki Motor Corporation’s Sagara Plant has received the “ANRE (Agency for Natural Resources and Energy) Director-General's Award (co-implementation field)” in the “FY2015 Energy Conservation Grand Prize <Energy Conservation Case Example Category>”.
Since FY1990, Energy Conservation Grand Prize (organized by the Energy Conservation Center, Japan) has been awarding products that excel in energy and electricity conservation, or business operators that have developed business models with high ramification for energy conservation. Energy Conservation Case Example Category was introduced in FY2011, awarding business operators that have made progress by promoting electricity conservation and activities that excel in energy conservation of corporations, plants, offices, etc.
The ANRE Director-General's Award (co-implementation field) was given to Suzuki, Chubu Electric Power, and Metro Denki Kogyo for co-developing an infra-red die heater and introducing it to the engine parts foundry process of the Sagara Plant. Its efforts for realizing significant shortening of heating time and reduction of energy consumption, as well as conserving labour and enhancing safety and productivity of work were highly appraised.
Plus, its expectation for high ramification in expanding the efforts throughout the global Suzuki Group and other business operators was the reason for its selection.
Suzuki is promoting energy conservation by expanding these facilities and efforts in domestic Group companies and overseas plants. Through receiving the award, Suzuki is highly motivated to make efforts for further energy conservation.
The awarding ceremony will take place at the Tokyo Big Sight on 27 January, 2016.
“Energy and Labour Conservation through Introduction of Infra-Red Die Heater at the Foundry”
|- Business operator:||Administration Group and Foundry Group,
Sagara Plant, Suzuki Motor Corporation
|Shizuoka Branch Office, Chubu Electric Power|
|Metro Denki Kogyo|
|- Plant:||Sagara Plant, Suzuki Motor Corporation|
Implemented switching energy of die heating operated before starting low-pressure foundry from LPG to electricity.
Developed infra-red die heater with aim to reduce time needed to heat up to the set temperature and to reduce energy consumption.
By introducing infra-red die heater, compared to the conventional gas burner, energy consumption was reduced by 20.8kl/month in crude oil conversion.
The effects of solution as a result of switching the energy from LPG to electricity are as per below.
For the conventional gas burner, the worker had to monitor randomly. The electric heater automatically controls during and after die-heating, making monitoring by the worker unnecessary.
Erosion inspection of die parts conducted thrice a day and their repairing were abolished. Also, this led to expansion of repairing cycle of die mould wash and reduction of failure trouble of die parts.
By minimizing the space between the die and the heater, and surrounding the die with the heater’s light-emitting part, it enabled to heat the whole die evenly. Also, owing to the automatic control, it enabled to heat the die to high-efficiency temperature distribution, enhancing product efficiency.
After introducing the heater, ignition work itself could be abolished, so there’s no more risk of fire. Also, as a result of establishing rules of heating process, making the heating machine lightweight, and taking handling balance into the design, safety of workers enhanced.
Comparison of results for working environment measurement shows that Wet Bulb Globe Temperature improved.