Wyko advises Coors

01 February 2008

Shortly after the launch of its thermography department, Wyko, an Eriks Company, undertook a survey to help the Coors brewery, Burton, cut energy costs.

Thermographic image highlighting hot spots
Thermographic image highlighting hot spots

The Birmingham based department claims to have offered the brewery the potential to save up to £60,000 a year.

Coors worked with WEMS (Wyko Electro Mechanical Services) and initiated a survey, using thermal imaging, to study the heat and energy loss from areas of its facility.

The survey, conducted using a FLIR ThermaCAM P640, took two days and cost less than £1,000.

Duncan Webb, thermography business development manager, said the Coors contract showed the ‘capability’ of the department.

‘We assess the integrity of a customer’s building. We look at their pipe work, heating systems, cooling equipment, windows, roofs, lagging, floors and spot areas of inefficiency. We then offer hard figures which show directly the costs incurred by different types of heat loss and present the customer with recommendations, a budget quotation for repair work, and offer a follow-up survey to confirm that the work has solved the relevant problems.’

Coors’ energy manager was supplied with digital photographs and corresponding thermographic images highlighting ‘hot spots’. The power emitted from a pipe is calculated and, as the price of electricity per KW/h for Coors is known, the cost to heat the surrounding air is determined. The report identified potential savings of around £60,000.

The energy manager at Coors, said the project was an example of the company ‘embracing best practice’.

‘Because of the non-invasive nature of the technology the survey was carried out quickly and with no disruption to the site or production,’ he said. ‘The potential areas which the report has highlighted will, once the changes are implemented, represent a significant energy saving for us which is important for our CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) position, and our business and our financial bottom line.’

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