Trackdown™ helps to deliver energy savings through Green Business Support Organisation program
Business Support Organisation (GBSO) funding has brought
together three different organisations to provide an innovative
to South Yorkshire
companies. Business in
the Community (BiTC), which runs
the GBSO project, have linked up with the National
and E9 limited providing three key elements to success.
project comprises three key elements.
1. World-class energy management services including
TrackdownTM active monitoring product featured below.
2. The metals expertise and market penetration in the metals
sector of NAMTEC
3. Funding via GBSO provided by BiTC
John Trainor Managing Director of E9 Limited said “the project has proved to be
an excellent way of making improvements in businesses.
Funding always helps us to build long term trading relationships
with companies by showing what we can do.”
“It’s also great for the companies: it means
that they don’t have to take a leap of faith to gain
energy performance improvements because BitC has granted
the majority of the cost for expertise” he added
John-Mark Zywko GBSO programme manager said “ we
were really impressed by the power and potential of TrackdownTM and the innovative business model proposed by E9 and NAMTEC.”
The project links up E9, NAMTEC and BitC to explore an
innovative business model developing a wider partnership
approach to the delivery of business supports. The project
funding enables South Yorkshire SME’s to draw on
E9’s expertise and resources based on a commitment
to make 10% savings in energy or waste.
Stainless Plating Limited (SPL) is one such South Yorkshire
company to take advantage of the funding.
Brenda Grove, Managing Director of SPL based in the Don
Valley said “our industry is facing momentous change
at the moment and we need all the funding we can to help
us to succeed in the transitions”.
In the last 24 months, Stainless Plating has faced price
increases from suppliers and lower prices from customers
for their services. Meanwhile with a small team they have
had to prepare to address the adverse affects of Climate
Change Levy in power, deal with legislation bringing them
into COMAH and IPPC together with changes in Health and
Safety. On top of these the company has successfully managed
the transition through ISO9001-2000, AS9100 and is preparing
The new funding will allow the company to address energy
efficiency improvements highlighted by TrackdownTM. This
software enables the macroscopic energy patterns to be
analysed revealing waste energy consumption and opportunities
to change control strategy. Stainless Plating will be using
a heat loss model on the company’s tanks supplied
by E9 to identify tanks that can be better insulated. Other
opportunities exist in the control of tank heating times
by the use of intelligent controllers to make predictive
switching to tank heaters. This will improve quality as
well as reducing energy consumption by ensuring the temperature
of tanks is right for production just in time without waste.
Darren Helley Project Manager of NAMTEC said “the
project is in its early stages, but the project has identified
savings exceeding 10% and companies such as Stainless Plating
can now budget to make them happen”.
Business In the community (BiTC) is a national organisation
promoting partnership between business and the communities
they serve. BitC delivers support through a range of projects
and promotes corporate social responsibility.
Stainless Plating Limited is an electroplating company
with Aerospace approvals undertaking work for a variety
of prestigious companies including Rolls Royce and Airbus.
The company is accredited to ISO9001-2000, AS9100 and is
working on ISO14001 and NADCAP approvals.
NAMTEC is a not
for profit organisation established to increase the competitiveness
of the UK metals industry.
Services include a technical helpline, signposting to the
science base and project management. NAMTEC is financed
by the Department of Trade and Industry, Yorkshire Forward
and the European Union’s Objective One Programme.
Limited operates from bases in Coventry and Sheffield,
offering a range of industrial consultancy products and
services. E9 supports industrial and manufacturing companies
through development and change by implementing continuous
improvements to company operations through a range of
management and technical products and services.
TrackdownTM is a trademark of E9 limited (registration