Energy for the future
Energy is the number one topic for the future. Our consumption is increasing while reserves are dwindling. In terms of industrial production, growth and economic progress are impossible if energy is scarce, expensive or difficult to obtain. So it is critical that we act now. Many companies have already grasped the nettle and developed concepts and solutions to deal with the looming energy crisis.
Companies build in-house power plants
In Europe, where energy prices have been high for many years and are continuing to spiral, more and more businesses are moving towards producing their own electricity. Thanks to wind, solar and biogas installations and combined heat and power plants, companies are trying as far as possible to break their reliance on the energy companies. According to a recent study by the German Chamber of Trade and Industry, one-third of companies in Germany are already in the process of operating, planning or constructing a mini power plant.
Even if in-house power plants can only produce part of the energy required for production processes, they are evidence of how companies are becoming increasingly aware of the need to think seriously about energy. Kautex Managing Director Andreas Lichtenauer can confirm this from his many discussions with customers: "For our customers, in-house power plants are still the exception, but they set great store by energy efficiency in blow molding machines. This has become a major selling point – not only in Europe but also in the resource-hungry emerging nations."
Higher performance, less energy
With the new fully-electric KBB series, Kautex has launched the perfect product to meet the growing demand for energy-efficient production processes. Energy consumption is much lower with electric blow molding machinery than with hydraulic solutions, but it has now been reduced still further thanks to a wide range of enhancements. Combined with the integrated recovery of braking energy and an effective temperature control solution for the extruder, the KBB60D has particularly low overall energy consumption at 250 Wh per kg of plasticized extruded material.
With the new KBB series, Kautex has raised the bar still further when it comes to energy efficiency. But according to Kautex Managing Director Andreas Lichtenauer, this is just the start: "We are all obliged to take the issue of saving energy very seriously. If we don't start investing in energy-saving technologies now, resources will run out much more quickly than we would like."