Manufacturing and Commercial Systems Retrofit & Optimization

Manufacturing facilities operate with their own unique set of efficiency challenges, but discovering optimization methods that lower your operational costs also benefit your production output and other key performance indicators (KPIs).

Understanding and controlling your facility’s energy usage protects your margins from energy prices; and it also forms the cornerstone for developing sustainable practices that exhibit your company’s commitment to environmental stewardship. Moreover, introducing green manufacturing practices may qualify your business for many federal tax credits and other rebates.

Compressed Air—Unrecognized Utility

Compressed air systems are generally responsible for nearly 40% of total manufacturing energy use, making it a perfect candidate for an energy audit. The systems themselves often display a clear representation of company growth and expansion, with additions and equipment performing at graduated levels of efficiency.

At Hawks & Associates, our commercial systems retrofit & optimization service includes a detailed assessment of this often overlooked utility and ways to optimize it. Recommendations concerning improvements in air demand, supply, and distribution are incorporated, with an immediate emphasis placed on areas within the system that would produce the greatest potential savings such as identifying and correcting:

  • Leaks
  • Unregulated usages
  • Inappropriate usages

We also understand that many manufacturing processes produce waste energy that can be used to offset other energy needs. For example, the waste heat produced from the industrial ovens and fryers of a potato chip manufacturer can be captured and used to preheat the water used in the space heating equipment, thus making the central heating plant more efficient and reducing overall utility costs. At Hawks & Associates, we help clients take advantage of the hidden energy embedded in their manufacturing facilities by uncovering the potential of waste heat in:

  • Compressed air systems
  • Food manufacturing processes
  • Industrial parts washing operations

Renewable and Clean Energy

Advanced energy recovery techniques and renewable energy sources can be used to create an effective, primary power supply or independent back-up system. Wind and solar energy systems can reduce reliance on utility grid-based power and allow the possibility of net-metering, the ability to sell electricity back to the utility. Whether you are considering solar thermal applications for water heating megawatt Photovoltaic (PV) arrays to power specific equipment or geothermal heating plants, our in-house engineers, innovative design capabilities and financing resources can provide a customized renewable energy solution for your facility.