Wednesday, 30 August 2017

John Guthrie, Energy Efficiency Manager ABB, writes: At this time of year it’s not unusual for most conversations to turn to travel plans for the summer. After all, for most of us, our summer holiday is something we look forward to, plan for and save up for all year. It’s a chance to escape the rat race, reconnect with family and friends, perhaps even “find yourself”, if that happens to be your thing.

Still, when it comes to departure day – it can be easy to wish you’d stayed at home. The travails of travelling – traffic jams, crowded airport departure lounges and the inevitable cancellations to name but a few - are enough to test anyone’s patience. And that’s if you’re travelling without children. Add a bored and tired infant into the mix and you’ve got a recipe for potential travel misery.

With this in mind, it’s not hard to see why the Trunki brand of ride-on suitcases for children has been such a huge hit with parents. Fans of TV show Dragon’s Den will be familiar with the range of wheeled, plastic suitcases that children can ride on as well as carry, as it was originally turned down by the Dragons when it was presented in 2006! Fast forward 20 years and those Dragons are no doubt still kicking themselves. Trunki cases have become de rigueur for discerning young travellers the world over, with over three million units reportedly sold each year.

With demand for Trunki cases continuing to rise, manufacturer Magma Moulding was understandably keen to ensure production was as efficient as possible. The Plymouth-based manufacturer produces a wide variety of plastic moulded products for customers in the automotive, safety, consumer goods and military sectors. Among them are Trunki suitcases, of which it turns out 23,000 units a year.

The company called in authorised value provider APDS, which recommended installing an ABB general machinery drive on a moulding machines used to produce the cases. The drive saves energy by reducing the speed of the motor when the machine is off load. This has cut energy use by 74,250 kW/hrs annually – saving Magma Moulding £7,800 a year in energy costs.

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