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Process & productivity improvements serve up some sweet savings

A strong and active sector, food processing is a vital part of Ontario’s economy. Core industry activities include food processing, warehousing and distribution, retailing and food service, and the packaging and production of food industry equipment.
The energy challenge here is that the processors, which are running plants at higher capacity utilization rates, cannot sacrifice manufacturing output with equipment replacement or plant modifications. But processors do need to make energy investments that create savings over the long term.  Many food companies are poised to take important energy-savings steps. From developing comprehensive energy programs to replacing or modifying equipment and upgrading plants. Much opportunity exists for employing processes and procedures for targeting waste and reducing costs. 
Consumer demand for more energy-intensive ready-to-heat-and-eat meals and other products has created a substantial challenge for food processors seeking to reduce their reliance on energy. To accommodate to this demand while continuing its march towards greater energy efficiency organizations are actively seeking out and adopting new technologies and implementing operational changes that minimize the energy required per unit of production.
Ontario’s food and beverage sector includes manufacturers that produce a diverse range of products, including meat, poultry, fish, fruit and vegetables, flour and bakery products, oils and sugars, coffee, snack foods, soft drinks and confections.
Consider the benefits of reaching your energy-efficiency goals:
  • Long-term, reliable energy reductions
  • Process and productivity improvements
  • Industrial competitiveness and environmental attributes
Opportunity Areas:
  • HVAC
  • Process heat
  • Machine drives
  • Electrochemical
  • Process specific
  • Cooling and refrigeration

Energy initiatives deliver savings

Typical projects could include:

  • Sensor and control measures
  • Improving speed control or variable speed drivers and installing more efficient process equipment  
  • Retrofitting or replacing underground support systems such as ventilation fans and air systems
  • Optimizing the boiler and controls
  • Retrofitting or upgrading fan and blower systems
  • Retrofitting or upgrading compressed air and pumping systems
  • Improving process control with the installation of advanced sensors and control systems
  • Lighting retrofits and the installation of variable frequency drives on freezer motors, pumps and tank agitators
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