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Mattei helps Autofil in its drive towards energy efficiency
Oct '10
Rotary vane compressor manufacturer Mattei, has helped yarn manufacturer Autofil to reduce energy usage in its Nottingham facility by upgrading its compressed air equipment.

Autofil manufacture a range of yarns primarily used for car seating fabrics. Part of this process involves operation of the dye house to colour the fabrics, which runs 24/7. The processes within the dye house require compressed air to be provided at a pressure of seven bar. As compressed air can account for a high proportion of a company's energy usage, Autofil decided to invest in two new, more energy efficient compressors to help reduce consumption and associated overheads.

Following extensive comparisons of a variety of makes of air compressor, they chose Mattei's highly energy efficient Maxima75 as this equipment has the capability to provide a similar amount of air from a 75kW motor as other manufacturer's 90kW models. This reduced input offered significant savings by minimising power consumption, but still delivering the same levels of compressed air.

Mattei's Maxima range can provide 1m3/min of compressed air from as little as 5.4kW of electricity. This demonstrates the benefit to those looking at improving energy efficiency and reducing costs. Additional benefits to the customer include the very low operational speed of 1000rpm, which helps to extend the life of the compressor.

Autofil also benefited from Mattei's 10 year unlimited hours airend warranty, which provided them with additional peace of mind. In addition, the company wanted to install equipment with a lower noise output. Mattei's Maxima 75 offers a noise level of less than 69dB(A).

Steve Charlton from Autofil commented: “The new machines have been in operation for a few months now, and we have been impressed with both the installation of the equipment and the results the Maxima 75s have delivered. Running at near maximum electrical capacity was becoming a real issue for the company. Investing in the new compressors has helped us to reduce our consumption and save money, and this is vital to the continuing success of our business.”

Andy Jones, general manager of Mattei, added: “Autofil utilise a high level of compressed air for its manufacturing processes. Therefore it made sense for them to invest in new, more efficient technology to help bring overheads down, something which is crucial to every company.”


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