Teknion was founded in Toronto in 1983, and has grown into a leader in the contract furniture design and manufacturing space. The company has a strong commitment to sustainability, developing a charter each year that outlines steps to be taken that year towards reducing the organization’s environmental footprint.
With this in mind, Teknion invited SyEnergy Integrated Energy Solutions to its 6,225-square-meter Tekwood facility in North York, Ontario. Tom Ryan, SyEnergy’s President, immediately saw great potential for an Ecogate system.
Teknion received a $75,840 incentive from saveONenergy towards the cost of the project.
After commissioning, the average fan load for the dust collectors combined dropped from 280kW to 114kW. “We are witnessing drastic savings in electricity,” says John Martinovic, Director of Operations at Tekwood. “We continue to project energy savings of around 60% on dust collection, which translates into $90,000 per year.”
The chart above shows actual electricity use over the course of a day at the Tekwood facility. The Ecogate system is fully automated, even stopping automatically during shift breaks. This can be seen in the chart above at 9:30am, 4:30pm, and 7:00pm.
By reducing the speed of the fan, the Ecogate system also reduces the noise level on the factory floor, which makes for a more pleasant work environment. Tom Ryan, President of SyEnergy, points out another benefit: “Once we have continuous machine center status information from our sensors, we can then provide useful additional tools beyond energy management such as workcenter uptime and performance tracking over time using Ecogate’s analytics platform.
“At Teknion, we take a long-term approach with our corporate responsibility efforts, as they empower us to invest in programs and processes that raise the bar and further sustainability,” said David Feldberg, Teknion President & CEO. “Seeking new technologies and implementing devices such as Ecogate is part of Teknion’s corporate culture to attain a more sustainable outcome.”