BSL Brammer Leads the Charge on Energy Savings
Rising energy costs, coupled with the need for environmental
sustainability and conservation, are increasing the need for successful
and cost-effective energy management in all areas of manufacturing.
Corporate and social responsibility concerns are also forcing this issue ever
higher up the corporate agenda.
BSL Brammer’s product manager, Mike Gathercole
BSL Brammer, the UK's leading distributor of industrial maintenance, repair
and overhaul (MRO) products, is helping to lead the debate in this critical area
with a series of seminars held in partnership with the Carbon Trust, focussing
on practical ways of reducing energy consumption.
Most recently, six initial seminars have been held over three days in the south
of England, as well as a number on major customer sites, attracting over one
hundred companies. Based on this success, BSL Brammer is now planning
further similar events.
The seminars highlighted areas with good opportunities for reducing energy
consumption in the workplace, including motors, gearboxes, belts, inverter
drives and compressed air. Industrial electric motors represent a particular
area of focus, since they account for 64% of all the electricity consumed in the
UK. More startling is the fact that according to the leading manufacturers,
50% of all motors in use are over-sized – often because mechanical
designers and electrical engineers err on the side of caution and adding
contingency capacity. In this way a basic duty requirement of 7.0kW can
easily creep up to a frame size of 11.0kw
The running costs of an electric motor are also a key factor, typically one
hundred times as much as initial purchase cost over the course of its lifetime.
This means that correct sizing, operating efficiency, appropriate speed and
effective maintenance are all critical to ensuring that the motor remains
energy-efficient and cost-effective. High efficiency EFF1 motors in
particular deliver significantly lower energy costs. Conversely, rewound
motors operating at reduced efficiency can represent a false economy
when even first year running costs are taken into account.
Also presenting at the seminars was Benjamin Martin from the Carbon Trust,
highlighting the government's Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) Scheme
which enables businesses to claim 100% first-year capital allowance on their
spending on qualifying energy-saving plant and machinery. Companies can
write off the whole of the capital cost of such investment against their taxable
profits for the period during which they make the investment – delivering a
helpful cash flow boost and faster payback.
Benjamin Martin from the Carbon Trust comments “Not buying products from
the energy technologist (ETL) represents a false economy to purchasers from
a tax and life cycle perspective.”
As the UK's largest distributor of new motors from the world's leading
manufacturers, BSL Brammer provides an extensive choice of sizes and
configurations, with over 5,000 EFF1 and EFF2 motors available from 0.37kW
to 250 kW. Specialist technical support includes help with design and
selection to meet any specification. BSL Brammer is the UK Division of
Brammer plc, Europe's leading distributor of MRO products. The company's
headquarters are in Wythenshawe, Manchester.
Mike Gathercole, Product Manager for BSL Brammer, said “We were
delighted with the level of interest in our seminar programme. It shows that
UK companies are taking energy costs seriously and are keen to manage
them more effectively. We're glad to be able to make a useful contribution.”
If you are interested in attending on of BSL Brammer’s exclusive regional
energy saving seminars or require further information please email
Note to Editors
BSL Brammer is the UK division of Brammer plc, Europe’s leading distributor of
Industrial Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) products. With a turnover of
£103 million and over 800 employees, the company offers a range of over half a
million individual products via a national network of 82 Sales & Service Centres.
BSL Brammer’s extensive product range covers bearings, mechanical power
transmission products (including gearboxes and motors), pneumatics, hydraulics,
seals, industrial automation as well as a complete range of tools, maintenance and
health & safety products. The company is an authorised distributor for many of the
world’s leading brands including SKF, NSK, Renold, Gates, Flender, Siemens, SMC,
Norgren, Rocol Loctite and Schaeffler UK.
By combining technical expertise with excellence in supply-chain logistics,
purchasing and the management of third-party providers, BSL Brammer has a
proven track record of saving its customers money within three critical business
areas: reducing total acquisition costs; improving overall production efficiency; and
reducing working capital.
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