£40k savings in pipeline for Oldham manufacturer

Using technical surveys delivered by Greater Manchester’s Business Growth Hub, Dawson Precision Components has identified a range of simple, low cost ways to reduce its energy consumption.

Founded in 1965, Dawson Precision Components (DPC) specialises in low-to-medium volume production and pre-production of engineered components for specialist industries, including medical, oil and gas, aerospace, defence, transport, marine and communications.

With growth plans on the horizon, the company is working with the Business Growth Hub to reduce its energy consumption and ensure it stays within its rated electricity supply capacity at its site in Oldham. 

Reducing energy demand would prevent the need for a power supply upgrade whilst cutting costs and carbon emissions at the same time.

Energy savings

DPC is no stranger to improving efficiency, having previously applied the 5S principles – sorting, straightening, systematic cleaning, standardising and sustaining – to its materials management. 

To delve deeper into its plant and processes to identify new and innovative ways to reduce energy use, Alasdair Dalzel-Job, environmental business advisor at the Business Growth Hub, conducted a number of audits and technical surveys onsite.

Several of the opportunities identified require little or no cost to implement.

For example, a compressed air leak detection survey revealed £1,800 in potential annual energy savings by repairing leaks in the system. Some of the leaks were able to be fixed during the survey, leading to instant savings. 

An energy data logging survey of different machines to highlight improvements in newer equipment revealed that some machine transformers that were running 24/7 could be switched off when not in use, saving over 100,000kWh of electricity a year and cutting costs by £10,800.

Other opportunities identified included changing working practices to ensure that extraction fans were only used when required, cleaning skylights to maximise use of daylight and reduce lighting energy use, and installing curtains to control airflow between production areas and minimise heat loss.

Bottom line impact

In total, nearly £42,000 in potential annual savings have been identified. These measures would cut Dawson Precision Components’ annual carbon footprint by 75 tonnes of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) – enough to fill 42 hot air balloons.

“Dawson Precision Components is a great example of how simple measures to improve efficiency can make a significant impact on your bottom line and reduce business risk”, said Alasdair Dalzel-Job.  

Green Growth Pledge

As a signatory to the Business Growth Hub’s Green Growth Pledge, Dawson Precision Components has also adopted a range of further actions, including publishing an environmental policy, upgrading lighting and installing water efficient devices to reduce water usage. 

“With 50 years of experience and continual investment in the latest technology, we’re working hard to ensure that we remain on top of our game when it comes to efficiency and reducing our environmental impact”, said Julie Hughes, finance director. 

“It’s amazing what savings can be made through simple changes and we’re looking forward to working further with the Business Growth Hub to find more innovative ways to reduce the impact of our products and processes.”

To find out more about the Business Growth Hub’s Green Growth service for SMEs, or to read other success stories, visit the website.

Posted under General Interest, Energy Efficiency and Other Manufacturing on 18 April 2016