Management and staff at plastics extrusion processor Intek are bearing down on energy use at their two facilities as part of a four-year program to reduce power consumption by 25%, or 1.5 million kilowatt hours (kWh). But after the success achieved in just the first year, they may have to raise the bar even higher.
Saving energy remains a topic high on many processors' "To do" lists. At Intek, a privately held company that extrudes and fabricates custom plastic extrusions for medium-to-large OEMs in a wide variety of end-use markets, company management devised a four-year plan for the period 2010-2014 to slash the processor's annual energy use by 25% by the end of the period. Intek operates two facilities, one each in Hastings, MN and Hawthorne, NJ. The processor was one of MPW's Notable Processors in 2007....