Bernhard Woodwork, a high-end architectural millwork and case goods manufacturer in Northbrook, IL, is seeing energy ]and cost savings with the help of energy management technology from O2 Filtration.
O2 Filtration, exclusive US supplier of Höcker Polytechnik, worked together with Bernhard to install a brand new MultiStar VR 8/8 Dust Collection system within the 100,000 Square Foot Facility. Customized for operational efficiency, this system is not only green but intelligent for optimized operations.
“The collector cycles a different motor on and off every day so I’m not getting all of my wear and tear on the same motor. With the old system, if the big motor would go out, we would be shut down.” The system features 4 motors, controlled by smart technology, turning on and off as machines are in use. “I’d say on average we’re running about 15 to 20 percent during the course of the day and I’ve never seen it run over 70 percent where all four motors would be running. It’s usually only one or two motors ramped up to 50 percent capacity,” Bernhard explains.
A central control panel on the new machine intuitively provides real time monitoring of the entire system including: energy consumption, spark detection/extinguishment and more. In addition, the control panel’s computer automatically and independently opens and closes the pneumatically controlled blast gates when a machine is powered up, an operation that previously was done manually.
“The dust collector’s computer knows the minimum amount of air flow that is needed at any time,” Bernhard said. “If we only have a chop saw running, it intuitively knows we only require a couple hundred cfm to get the job done. It is intelligent in the way it maintains air flow while conserving energy.”
Waste Management was also optimized with the new Höcker system. What once involved shovels and manual labor, now includes two containers and the click of a button. Bernhard can now separate their hardwood dust for animal bedding and other waste becomes briquettes for easy and environmentally friendly disposal.
Ben Dipzinski, president of O2 Filtration said, “Being a high-end millwork shop, Bernhard Woodwork can take full advantage of the system’s energy management features. Having a fully automatic system is a perfect fit.”