Injection molder Oregon Precision Industries Inc., which does business as PakTech, recently worked with Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd. to reduce its emissions and increase efficiency at PakTech's Eugene, Ore., plant.
In 2008, PakTech replaced seven molding machines with new Husky machines. The change allowed the company to reduce its annual carbon-dioxide emissions by 220,417 pounds.
Our major motivation was to use less resources to make more product, said Amie Thomas, marketing manager for PakTech.
Husky's suggestion for a new chiller system helped PakTech save a significant amount of energy, too. Installing variable frequency drives on tower pumps, and fan motors on the new water cooler tower system, also saved energy while doubling the cooling capacity.
Overall, PakTech said it reduced its annual carbon-dioxide emissions by 360,221 pounds, or 59 percent at its Eugene headquarters and plant.
Bolton, Ontario-based Husky helped PakTech plan the entire project.
PakTech makes carrier handles for bottle multipacks. The company has 100 employees and 15 injection molding machines.
PakTech focuses on making its plant environmentally sustainable, according to the company. It purchases about 10 percent of its power from alternative energy such as wind and solar sources.