Honda of America Manufacturing Inc. has received Energy Star awards from the Environmental Protection Agency. Some upgrades to the Honda's plastics processing operations played a big role in winning the honors. According to a company news release, Honda's Marysville, Ohio, plant "significantly reduced electricity use by reprogramming plastic injection molding machines to run only during the production cycle. This has reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 80,000 pounds per year. At the East Liberty [Ohio] plant, Honda replaced older chiller pumps with smaller, more efficient units that reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 508,000 pounds per year." Other improvements include more efficient use of lighting, chiller systems, motors, metering, heating, compressed air and air conditioning. Another plant is monitoring the use of equipment between shifts, during lunch and breaks, and on weekends. Saving energy continues to be a hot topic among plastics processors. For more tips, check out this video from the recent Sustain '08 conference in Chicago.
Honda honored for saving energy
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