Elgi Equipments has joined hands with Indian Texpreneurs Federation (ITF) and designed a comprehensive program on air audit. The program includes information session for owners and managers on the best compressed air practices, practical training sessions for maintenance engineers and air audit programs that help recognise cost savings.
Energy conservation has become a focus for textile mills given the rising energy cost. The most expensive component in the total cost of compressed air is energy. Elgi is a Coimbatore-based air compressor manufacturing major. It is committed to 500 air-alert equipped machines by the end of this calendar year.
Under the Elgi-ITF program, air audits were conducted across 130 textile mills in the south over the past 12 months. The annual savings worked out to Rs 14 crores with an average compressed air energy cost reduction of 43 per cent.
Air audit is a review of use of compressed air, taking into account their generation and distribution. While review of generation is a comparison of energy consumption, current condition and application to original specification, distribution is evaluating the use of compressed air in the plant, which could include leak in the air lines and general consumption.
Elgi will look at such partnerships with machinery manufacturers across different sectors such as pharmaceuticals and automobiles.