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Autofil

Drive towards energy efficiency

Rotary vane compressor manufacturer Mattei, as helped yarn manufacturer Autofil to reduce energy usage in its Nottingham facility by upgrading its compressed air equipment. Autofil manufactures a range of yarns primarily used for car seating fabrics. Part of this process involves operation of the dye house to colour the fabrics, which runs 24/ 7. The processes within the dye house require compressed air to be provided at a pressure of seven bar.

1.jpgAs compressed air can account for a high proportion of a company’s energy usage, Autofil decided to invest in two new, more energy efficient compressors to help reduce consumption and associated overheads. Following extensive comparisons of a variety of makes of air compressor, they chose Mattei’s Maxima75 as this equipment has the capability to provide a similar amount of air from a 75kW motor as other manufacturer’s 90kW models. This reduced input offered significant savings by minimising power consumption, but still delivering the same levels of compressed air.

Mattei’s Maxima range can provide 1m3/ min of compressed air from as little as 5.4kW of electricity. This demonstrates the benefit to those looking at improving energy efficiency and reducing costs. Additional benefits to the customer include the very low operational speed of 1000rpm, which helps to extend the life of the compressor. Autofil also benefited from Mattei’s 10 year unlimited hours airend warranty, which provided them with additional peace of mind. In addition, the company wanted to install equipment with a lower noise output. Mattei’s Maxima 75 offers a noise level of less than 69d8(A).

Ing. Enea Mattei SpA

Founded in 1919, with head office in Vimodrone, near Milan, is specialized in the development, production, distribution and technical service of air compressors, generating and cogeneration. The Company has two plants of 50.000 m2, whereof 28.000 covered, in Vimodrone and VerdelloZingonia (BG). It employs 250 professionals and, in 2008, it boasted a consolidated turnover of about 50 Million Euros. Mattei, produces 6.500 rotary vane compressors every year and it is present in more than 40 Countries, with more than 100 distributors and technical service centers in Europa, America, Africa, Asia and Oceania. In 2007, to satisfy the increasing requests of Southeastern Asia, the Company invested in a new productive site in People’s Republic of China which would be dedicated only to the local market. All Mattei products data sheets are now available on the new website www.matteigroup.com in order to help find the more suitable solution for any demand.

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