Energy is a significant expense for die casters that can be managed by using sound best practices and efficiency techniques. Following are several resources to help ie casters reduce energy consumption.
The hour-long virtual course discusses the importance of measuring energy usage and provides important information on equipment efficiency and best practices that can improve energy usage.
Energy Saving Manual
Establish a strong and profitable energy management program with proven and efficient methods to conserve energy and reduce costs associated with producing die casting. The best practices were gathered from metal casting project and studies focused on energy consumption
Energy Star – Energy Treasure Hunt Guide
This guide focuses on building a culture of energy awareness by using a continuous improvement process to incorporate employees in assessing and improving energy use throughout the facility. The main area of focus is on low/no cost process improvements. Contact NADCA if you have questions, comments or interest in facilitating an Energy Treasure Hunt.
Melting Cost Calculator
Tabulates the amount of energy needed for melting and holding to determine whether the energy use is better than or below “best standards.” It also provides how much more or less energy should be used to operate at the most efficient levels.
Software to evaluate your operations energy used. Based on the user’s input, the program recommends immediate improvements, small capital expenditures, and improvements that necessitate a change in process or equipment.
Reduction of Die Casting Energy Use Presentation
NADCA hosted presentation reviewing best practices for reducing energy use through process optimization.
Carbon Footprint Analysis – Aluminum and Magnesium Die Castings vs. Injection Mold Components
A comparative analysis of the carbon footprint of aluminum and magnesium die castings vs. plastic injection molded components. The lifecycle assessment procedures was based on ISO 14000 environmental standards.