Fibre King combats energy wastage to provide savings for customers

Fibre King has helped customers build and upgrade their production facilities by providing off the shelf and bespoke packaging solutions within the meat, dairy, beverage, food, FMCG, personal care, pharmaceutical and fresh produce industries.

Offering a comprehensive turnkey service, Fibre King prides itself in assisting customers with everything from upgrades and services to tailored repairs and off the shelf packaging machinery such as case packers, palletisers, case and tray handling and crate equipment.

Each Fibre King machine is backed by a full-service warranty, operator training and ongoing support.

Fibre King managing director James Windsor said the company had invested in research and development to improve on existing machines.

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“New innovations can be integrated into our machines and our engineers are continuously looking for ways to drive productivity for our end users,” he said.

One of the latest trends which is becoming increasingly necessary is energy saving, said Windsor.

“In addition, the initial cost of energy saving components is becoming less of an issue when customers start weighing up the real savings that they can achieve.

“While energy saving is great for the environment and does play its part, for our customers the bottom line is – how much will I save now and in the long run. Essentially, it’s about profitability, return on investment and ultimately, long-term gain,” he said.

By managing and monitoring energy usage on a machine, the customer can realise real dollar savings.

“Relooking and refining your strategy when it comes to compressed air use and pneumatics in general can save you up to 80 per cent.

This can be easily done by simply monitoring and controlling the amount of air used and lost due to costly leakages,” said Windsor.

Customers tend to overlook the air wasted in a factory and it therefore needs to be monitored, he said.

Collaborating with SMC, which specialises in pneumatics, Fibre King drew on the company’s expertise and research and development to ensure improved pneumatic energy saving solutions which could be offered to Fibre King’s customers to further drive value.

For Windsor, this means each machine should be fitted with digital flow switches which measure the amount of air expelled.

“PFM flow switches from SMC are used on our machines to monitor air flow and energy changes.

“Changes will be flagged as readings change, and it will also show you the differences in air usage with pressure changes. This saving translates directly into cost savings for our customers,” he said.

Another SMC product which now comes standard in proposals and recommendations to customers is the ALDS (Automatic Leak Detection System).

“The ALDS can detect leaks immediately and anywhere on the system to help you save instantly,” he said.

The ALDS can be easily integrated into the machine software and no external supervision is required.

The partnership between Fibre King and SMC has helped to strengthen the brand’s offering to its customers, said Windsor.

“We want to offer our customers speed, precision, reliability and peace-of-mind with intelligent packaging machinery to ‘future proof’ your business and increase profits. Realising energy savings forms part of our ongoing commitment to our customers, the industry and the environment.”