A basic requirement for a “green factory” is energy-efficient and sustainable production that balances environmental and business interests. The holistic approach to consulting followed by Ingenics AG does not start with machinery, but much further back down the line with building planning. As a result, companies can achieve cost savings over the long term while making an active contribution to environmental protection.
For new constructions or existing factory structures, a comprehensive energy demand analysis can help to achieve the aim of creating a green factory where production is efficient and ecological, and costs are optimized. Such an analysis ranges from the building structure and the materials used and the amount of power required for each unit of production. Based on the information collected, appropriate optimization measures are defined for existing structures or integrated as part of the planning for new buildings.
For example, a company that intends to find a sustainable design for a factory room filled with CNC machines need not worry too much about a heating system because the machines will keep the room warm. However, other questions arise: Could the waste heat from the machines be used to heat the office complex next door? Does the air compressor have to start up when the induction furnace fires up for the first time? Have changeover times been optimized in terms of saving energy? And can transport routes to and between the machines be made shorter?
LEED and DGNB certification
In addition to the ecological and economic benefits of a green factory, it can also be very good for publicity. For instance, the internationally recognized LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) acknowledges efforts to reduce energy consumption and documents these for customers and shareholders to see. The same is true of the German DGNB standard (German Sustainable Building Council), which sets out even stricter rules than LEED.
In addition to the requirement of low energy consumption, LEED and DGNB certification is subject to compliance with specific production rules. For example, the use of paint, finishes and other environmentally harmful substances is clearly defined. The consulting services of Ingenics AG combine all the expertise that is needed for certification according to established energy standards, optimizing production not only in terms of energy efficiency, but also from an economic perspective.
The goal of ecological production entails identifying sources of inefficiency and optimizing them while reducing costs. The need for action is thus rooted in a comprehensive analysis that ranges from the building structure to an examination of individual sub-processes.
With decades of project experience in production planning, Ingenics AG is able to provide especially strong support in this area with a practical approach to the sometimes rather abstract topic of sustainability.