Kerry achieves substantial energy saving

Kerry Group has revealed it has saved “a six-figure sum” on yearly energy costs at its UK meat processing plant since installing an RDM control and monitoring system.

The company said the system, installed by RSR Total Solutions at Kerry’s meat processing plant in Hyde, Cheshire, has helped it make “substantial” reductions in energy costs and carbon emissions while increasing productivity.

The installation includes an RDM Data Manager to monitor air temperature data, 180 air and in-product probes to measure ambient and actual product temperatures and a second RDM Data Manager, which provides data on energy use across the plant. The company has also installed several variable speed drives to improve control of water flow to air handling units and water cooler towers.

Phil Goodfellow, who headed up the project for RSR Total Solutions, said: “The initial programme at Kerry was driven by the requirements of due diligence and quality control. The company was keen to ensure full regulatory compliance and that products were prepared to the highest standards. Once this issue had been addressed, energy efficiency and plant performance optimisation became the next priorities.”

The measures resulted in “significant” energy savings, with monthly power bills reduced by several hundred pounds a week, said the company. Payback on the investment was less than two years.

Lee Selwood, Kerry’s site maintenance facilitator at Hyde, said: “[The system] showed where energy was being wasted, and enabled us to actively manage plant to minimise power use while optimising productivity. The RDM system gave us complete transparency, so that we could make changes and immediately monitor the effects on the ground.”

The company said the next phase of the project would involve the installation of Plant TDB [Data Builder] units in new control panels to handle the site’s canteen facilities, dry product store, office air conditioning and car parks. It expects that once the programme is complete, the plant will save around 10% on energy costs, despite a significant increase in production at the plant.


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