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Chamber of Industry and Commerce Energy Work Group and Environment Information Exchange Group visit Rietbergwerke

A very interesting visit to Rietbergwerke by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce Energy Work Group and the Environment Information Exchange Group

Save energy, care for the environment, reduce costs and improve the quality of the workplace: Rietbergwerke - a Seppeler Group organisation - has impressed by proving that this can be done. Because all these goals were achieved sustainably through the transition to LED lighting. This is reason enough for the Energy Work Group of the East-Westphalia Chamber of Industry and Commerce and the Environment Information Exchange Group to visit and find out more about this successful project.

After an introduction of Rietbergwerke and the Seppeler Group by Michael Pauleickhoff, Division Manager for hot dip galvanization and coating for Rietbergwerke, Jürgen Wintermayr of Wintermayr Energiekonzepte Systemtechnik GmbH from Ulm, explained what the light optimisation comes down to: "The plans are the decisive part. We can choose from up to a thousand different LEDs. The goal is to save energy and at the same time improve lighting for the staff. A 60-year-old has completely different lighting requirements from a 25-year-old. Equally, we require different lighting above a galvanizing boiler than we do in the assembly area." It's worth taking the effort. "We saved up to 70% (740,000 kWh). This means an annual reduction of 414 tons of CO2, which is equal to the yearly consumption of around 200 family homes. The quality of light has even significantly improved, which has significantly increased the quality of the workplace and employee satisfaction, as well as doing their health some good," according to Michael Pauleickhoff.

Ina Kuhlmann, energy and quality management representative of the Seppeler Group, reports of the meaning of energy management for the group and the systematisation of internal processes. "In the group, we use energy in the same quantity as 2,600 three-person households and gas in the same quantity as 3,500 three-person households." To reduce this requirement successively, consumption is analysed in detail. For this, Ina Kuhlmann uses a special software: "Since the beginning of the year, we record our energy consumption using 218 meters in all locations in Germany and Poland and by doing this we can produce a direct comparison on one hand, and on the other support the division management and operations management practically and show them optimisation potential.

Before an extensive tour of operations ended the event, Karl-Ernst Vathauer, Managing Director of MSF-Vathauer Antriebstechnik GmbH & Co KG from Detmold introduced the advantages of modern decentralised drive automation with many practical examples.

The expert audience from many East-Westphalian companies had a lively discussion about the challenges surrounding energy-efficiency optimisation and seemed impressed by the efforts made by the Seppeler Group in this area, as well as the concrete results of the LED project at Rietbergwerke, which was also tested and implemented at other group locations.